American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 5, September

A Lincoln Decoy
Ordered from Joe 6 winter yellow legs (greater). New shape and bigger. Paid him $2." So reads the diary of one Herbert F. Hatch for Friday, July 15, 1898. "Joe" was his friend, mentor, and hunting companion Joe Lincoln, whose greater yellowlegs decoy...
A Signature on the Land
The trouble began at midmorning on Wednesday, April 21, 1948, when a neighboring farm's trash fire got out of control. Flames skittered across the grassy farmyard and began chewing swiftly through a marsh toward the "plantation" of white and red pines...
Home to Halifax
Passionate travelers tend to seek out distant landings and exotic outposts; it's the very foreignness of a place we're after. Still, there's also something secretly satisfying about slipping over a border only to discover what is most American about...
Keeping the Books
The Senate last spring failed, by a narrow margin, to muster the two-thirds majority needed to pass a constitutional amendment that would have required a balanced federal budget. Certainly, with the annual federal deficit in the hundreds of billions...
Long Time Ago: American Songs by Aaron Copland
American Song Classics Secrets of the Old Complete Songs of Samuel Barber Cheryl Studer, soprano, Thomas Hampson, baritone, John Browning, piano, Emerson String Quartet, Deutsche Grammophon 435 867-2 (two CDs), $31.28. CODE: BAT-5 Long Time Ago American...
...Love, Jackie
When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died four months ago, magazine and newspaper articles published around the world celebrated the facts of her life. And the fables too, as it turns out. Consider the stark certainty of Newsweek's claim that as First Lady...
Make-Believe Ballroom
My brother called me from Youngstown recently with a bright idea. Why not get up a three-piece band for a meeting of his musical club next month when I planned to be in town? Verne Ricketts was available to play the piano, and Hype Hosterman might...
Medicare Revisited
Whenever the debate now in progress about a national health-care bill heats up, I remind myself of how lucky I am as a senior citizen (a euphemism that, like the flabby word elderly, I dislike) to have the issue at least partly settled in my case....
Revising the Twentieth Century
HISTORY IS REVISIONISM. IT IS THE FREQUENT --nay, the ceaseless--reviewing and revising and rethinking of the past. The notion that the study and the writing of history consist of the filling of gaps or the adding of new small bricks to the building...
Secrets of the Old: Complete Songs of Samuel Barber
American Song Classics Secrets of the Old Complete Songs of Samuel Barber Cheryl Studer, soprano, Thomas Hampson, baritone, John Browning, piano, Emerson String Quartet, Deutsche Grammophon 435 867-2 (two CDs), $31.28. CODE: BAT-5 Long Time Ago American...
The Liberation of Paris
I am told that many people have difficulty in deciding the most exciting moment in their lives. Not I. For me it was August 25, 1944--the day of the liberation of Paris half a century ago. I was there as a war correspondent courtesy of the American...