American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, Winter

America's Princess: Twenty-Five Years after Grace Kelly's Tragic Death, Howell Conant's Photographs of Her Still Resonate with the "Natural Glamour" That Changed Hollywood
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY FRIENDSHIP between photographer and subject. Over a period spanning 27 years, from the early years of her Hollywood fame to car accident in 1982, Howell Conant captured Grace Kelly as she blossomed...
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Editor's Letter
A friend called me last May with the stunning news that American Heritage had suspended publication. I was shocked. The idea that an institution so important to the historical community--indeed, to the intellectual life of our nation would simply...
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Finding the Real Jamestown: The Archaeologist Who Discovered the Real Jamestown Debunks Myths and Answers Long-Puzzling Mysteries about North America's First Successful English Colony
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] FORGET MUCH OF WHAT YOU know about the Jamestown colony. For the past 200 years, many archaeologists and historians believed that the James River had largely eroded any traces of the original settlement over the intervening...
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Geoffrey C. Ward's New History of World War II
THE WAR: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, 1941-1945, by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Bums (Knopf, 480 pages, $50), is the companion volume to Ken Burns' documentary series about World War II that aired in September. The War should be read by everyone ha the family,...
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Guide to 175 Historic Sites in Virginia: Virginia Is For. History Lovers! in These Pages, You'll Find the Unlocking Old Dominion's Rich Past
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] PICK A SUNNY SPRING AFTERNOON to wander the streets of Colonial Williamsburg or the pathways of the Frontier Culture Museum. Choose a summer day to climb the Old Cape Henry Lighthouse or descend into the cool labyrinth of...
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History and Knowing Who We Are: Learning about History Is an Antidote to the Hubris of the Present, the Idea That Everything in Our Lives Is the Ultimate
FORMER PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN once remarked that the history we don't know is the only new thing in the world. Picking up on a related theme, the late Daniel Boorstin, an eminent historian, Librarian of Congress. and friend of mine, wrote that planning...
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Joseph Ellis Explains Just How Revolutionary the Revolution Was
MANY YEARS AFTER PLAYING THEIR famed roles in promoting revolution and republicanism among the dispersed peoples of colonial North America, John Adams and Benjamin Rush engaged in a lively correspondence about the importance of human agency in determining...
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Remembering David Halberstam: The Late David Halberstam Was a Journalist, Heart and Soul, with a Distinctive Way of Writing History
DAVID HALBERSTAM had put the finishing touches on his final book, The Coldest Winter, in the spring of 2007, just five days before his tragic death in a car accident in California. He had essentially finished the book months earlier, but with a book...
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Robert E. Lee's "Severest Struggle": New Research Shows That Lee's Momentous Decision to Fight for the South Was Far from Inevitable
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One April afternoon in 1861, a proud man in his early fifties strode nervously across the portico of his home, too distracted to appreciate its sweeping view of the Potomac. He had an elegant military bearing and the dark...
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"Strong Enough to Float an Iron Wedge": How Coffee Helped Win the Civil War
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THE WANING DAYLIGHT of the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, a tremendous cheer suddenly resounded from the 23d Ohio Volunteers arrayed across a cornfield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. The tired men could see...
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Surviving Black Monday: In One Day, the Stock Market Plummeted 22 Percent Shortly after the Author Became Chairman of the Federal Reserve
I'D SCRUTINIZED THE ECONOMY every working day for decades and had visited the Fed scores of times. Nevertheless, when I was appointed chairman in August 1987, I knew I'd have a lot to learn. That was reinforced the minute I walked in the door. The...
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Treasures of Robert E. Lee Discovered: A Lee Descendant Finds Two Long-Lost Trunks Full of Family Memorabilia in a Virginia Bank Vault
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] STUMBLING ACROSS LONG-forgotten steamer trunks crammed with family memorabilia can excite the history buff in anyone. But when the trunks belong to Mary Custis Lee, the eldest daughter of General Robert E. Lee, and contain...
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Why Jamestown Matters: If the Colony Had Collapsed the English Might Not Have Been Established as the Major Colonial Power in North America
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IF JAMESTOWN, ENGLAND'S first permanent colony in the New World, had failed 400 years ago--and it came within a whisker of being abandoned on any number of occasions--then North America as we know it today would probably not...
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Women at War: For the First Time in U.S. History, Women Are Fighting Alongside Their Male Counterparts-So Far More Than 100 Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan: Plus, a Salute to Women Who Have Given Their Lives in the Recent Conflict
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Early on March 20, 2003, when the desert sky was still shrouded in darkness, stadium lights shone down on Al Jabar Air Base in Kuwait and lit the path to the flight line for a 28-year-old Marine captain whose jumpsuit ID tag...
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