American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, February-March

Birth of the Photo ID: They Were Already in Use When U.S. Grant Was President. (History Now)
IN RECENT MONTHS, PHOTO ID CARDS HAVE acquired new importance as part of our nation's fight against terrorism. Digital imaging and magnetic strips are modern developments, but the basic technology behind photo IDs can be traced to the French photographer...
Doubts about Jefferson and Hemings: The Debate Goes on. (History Now)
In November 1998, the scientific journal Nature ran a headline that would have seemed more at home in The National Enquirer: JEFFERSON FATHERED SLAVE'S LAST CHILD. The article was based on a study of DNA tests on descendants of Sally Hemings, a slave...
Everybody Wants to Rule the World: A Computer Game Offers the Chance to Play God throughout History. (History Now)
If you're like most American Heritage readers, you harbor a desire to have witnessed certain events in history--an important discovery, maybe, or a decisive battle. Until time-machine technology comes along, Firaxis Games will do you one better, and...
From Boom to Boom: Today's Olympic Ski Center Is Yesterday's Rugged and Ragged Silver-Mining Capital. (History Happened Here)
PARK CITY, UTAH, WHERE much of this winter's Olympics will happen, is a two-boom town. It rode its first boom as a mining center for almost a century before the ore finally became too expensive to extract, at which point, in the 1960s, the heads of...
Lunchboxes. (the Buyable Past)
Everyone remembers what lunchbox they carried in grade school, according to my cousin, who had a Barbie box. The choice was one of the only truly crucial decisions left up to a child in the 1950s and 1960s. That's probably why lunchbox salespeople...
Seasons of the Flag: After Years of Ups and Downs, Old Glory Has Just Made Its Greatest Comeback
HALF A YEAR AGO, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS, HELD A MEETING TO DISCUSS hanging American flags along the town's main routes. The head of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter had spent $1,000 on 29 flags, hoping to fly them for months at a time, instead...
Terror on Film. (Screenings)
Americans may have been caught unawares by events of the last few months, but not because filmmakers hadn't done their best to prepare them. Most films that feature terrorists are irresponsible action movies, which have needed a new source of villainy...
The Road from Rentiesville: The Greatest Historian of the Black Experience in America Speaks of What Has Changed during His Long Life, and What Has Not. an Interview with John Hope Franklin
NO ONE NEEDED TO CONVERT JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN TO RACIAL CONSCIOUSNESS or to social activism. For most of his life, as a scholar and teacher, as a public servant and activist, he has considered his personal commitment to social justice no less than a...
The Shores of Tripoli: Our First Fight against International Terrorists. (in the News)
THE MISSION NOW confronting our nation--to transport a military force to a distant, hostile, Islamic country, subdue a brazen terrorist network, and put an end to the random slaughter and harassment of American citizens--may seem a daunting one. If...
Time Machine February/March
25 YEARS AGO ON MARCH 9, THE U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its intention to ban saccharin, an artificial sweetener in use since the turn of the century, because of studies that showed it caused bladder cancer in rats. Dieters,...
To Plan a Trip
PARK CITY LIES JUST 31 MILES from Salt Lake City, so it is easy to get to within a day from anywhere in the country. The ski season begins in late November and lasts until mid-April. It offers countless lodging and dining choices, mainly at resort...