American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 6, October

A Biography of America
IT'S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL OUR NATIONAL STORY ON TELEVISION, EVEN IF YOU'VE GOT 13 HOURS AT YOUR DISPOSAL. THREE PEOPLE WHO DID IT EXPLAIN HOW--AND WHY. An Interview With Donald L. Miller and Douglas Brinkley DURING THE FALL OF 1997, our...
A Historian in CYBER SPACE
A place, it turns out, best understood by Alexis de Tocqueville I AM WRITING HERE ABOUT AN AMERICAN PLACE, BUT NOT ABOUT Thomas Jefferson's town, where I live, or about the South, to which I have devoted my working life. Rather, I am writing about...
George Washington vs. the Wehrmacht
IT WAS ALL OVER BY NINE-THIRTY -- COLONEL RALL mortally wounded, the last of his Hessian troops, driven out of the town by the Continentals and surrounded in a desolate winter orchard, dropping their muskets to the ground. Washington rode up to...
Heritage Traveler
Wherever you are bound this fall, you're sure to find something to your taste. America's natural beauty and friendly folks charm you no matter where your destination lies. So let's hit the trail for a tour of some of the best spots to head to in the...
Istanbul Where East (Literally) Meets West
While it's often acknowledged that Turkey is a geographical link between East and West, it's the city of Istanbul--divided by the Bosporus Channel--that is literally located in both Asia and Europe. This auspicious setting is more than partially responsible...
London Bridge Is Falling Down
And other high-tech debacles and how we learned to cope with them HIGH-TECHNOLOGY MARVELS KEEP GOING AWRY LATELY--IN cyberspace, where hackers have shown they can crash virtually any Web site any time, in real space, where the nation's $60 billion...
Lonely (First) Lady
THE ROOSEVELT TOWNHOUSE WAS ONLY THREE BLOCKS from Hunter College's main building at Park Avenue at Sixty-eighth Street, and one day in 1940 Eleanor just walked in off the street. The door she opened was the entrance to Echo, the college magazine....
Past Futures
THE HALF-FAMILIAR, WHOLLY ENTRANCING WORLD WE NEVER MADE, AS ENVISIONED BY AMERICAN DESIGNERS AND ILLUSTRATORS EVERY MOMENT OF THE PRESENT is aboil with countless potential futures, and Americans--who tend to be future-loving folk--have been trying...
Souvenir of the Babe
IT WAS SEPTEMBER 1945. I WAS seven. Sunday morning promised as much excitement as I could handle with our Pine Orchard pickup team playing an important sandlot baseball game against our archrivals, Hotchkiss Grove. My father threw a monkey wrench into...
The Big Road
Building the transcontinental railroad was the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century. Was it also the biggest swindle. THE SECOND HALF OF THE 1860S WITNESSED A DRAMA NOT SO VERY DIFFERENT IN SCALE AND CONSEQUENCE from the great struggle...
The Time Machine
October 1950 Fifty Years Ago A Shifting Tide in Korea On October 19, American-led United Nations forces brought the Korean War to a swift and successful conclusion by taking Pyongyang, the capital of the communist-controlled northern section...
Thomas Edison's Deadly Game
It changed the course of capital punishment in America CAPITALISM SOMETIMES OPERATES IN UNEXPECTED WAYS AND TURNS UP in unexpected places. It can even be involved in what has been, legally, a monopoly of the state since the time of King Henry II--capital...
Tucson
A city where the desert is everywhere, where sprawl into magnificent desolation is the main industry, whose oldest building is still its most beautiful, whose surrounding mountains are its soul: Lawrence W. Cheek explains why American Heritage's Great...
What Happened to Hubert
The miseries of the VP who goes after his boss's job PITY AL GORE. No MATTER HOW MANY TIMES THE DEMOCRATS' NOMINEE has switched campaign strategies, advisers, and locales, he has still found himself facing the same basic conundrum: how to run for...
Zelig Meets the President
William H. Perkins, Jr., of Berwyn, Illinois, has sent us not one interesting photo but ten. They depict Mr. Perkins and family members with every American President from Truman to Clinton, and they unintentionally encapsulate nearly forty years of...