American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 1, February

Barbados: Gateway to America
It offers all the pleasures of a warm-weather escape plus a rich serving of history Few travelers head for a Caribbean island to plumb its history, much less its American history. Escaping from winter's blasts through sun, sea, and sand is the lure....
Fading to White
One woman's journey into her family's past uncovers a story that affects every American I PEERED DOWN A NARROW ALLEY SEPARATING BIG HOUSES THAT OVERLOOK PLEASANT Bay in South Orleans, Cape Cod, part of a row of brand-new summer homes so close-built...
Impeachment Aftermath
William Jefferson Clinton, Andrew Johnson, and the judgment of history WHEN THE 105TH CONGRESS TOOK A PRE-ELECTION recess last October, the House of Representatives had already made itself a place in the record books by resolving, for the second...
The 10 Best American Movies of World War II
Author's Note: In the highly unlikely event this list fails to satisfy, would encourage the reader to make up his own and try it out on friends. Once finished, the reader should ask what the films chosen had in common. If you come up with an answer...
The Lesson of the Century
We Must Learn to Save Ourselves From Saviors GIVEN THAT THE FULL WRITTEN HISTORY OF MAN ENCOMPASSES approximately twenty-five hundred years, the lesson of the century may be calculated proportionally as 4 percent of the wisdom of the ages. Although...
"There Isn't Any Such Thing as the Past"
DAVID MCCULLOUGH tells why he thinks history is the most challenging, exhilarating, and immediate of subjects AN INTERVIEW BY ROGER MUDD "I Think people are the most interesting subject of all, and I am thoroughly interested in those people who...
The Time Machine
1974 Twenty-five Years Ago Food Fight On February 5, as the nation struggled with Watergate, food shortages, and the energy crisis, John Tower of Texas took the Senate floor to address a topic of more immediate concern: chili. The previous week,...
Tom and Sally and Frank and Me
A Jefferson descendant on luck, ancestry, and the meaning of the DNA findings I can remember to this day the first time my brother and I went to the graveyard at Monticello. Our parents and grandparents had taken us down to Charlottesville for a...
War in the Dark
Why World War II is so difficult to get right on the screen--and the movies that do it best Well before the film's debut we could hear the drumbeat of publicity. Steven Spielberg, America's favorite moviemaker, was going to give us a film about...
Worlds Apart
The Air Force medevac plane taxied in. I felt a surge of apprehension. The plane stopped, and the ground crew wheeled over the stairway for disembarking. When the door opened, a very small girl appeared, excitedly waving. When I looked more care fully,...