American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 3, May-June

A Short Walk on Guadalcanal
J. L. O. Tedder missed the battle, but his peacetime pursuits are heroic enough Eve so often one comes across a writer who should be awarded the literary equivalent of the Victoria Cross or the Medal of Honor - one who gazes into the jaws of a hellish...
Classics Illustrated
long with baseball cards and other ephemera, Classics Illustrated have become pricey nostalgia items for those who grew up in the supposedly halcyon years after World War II. But the comic-book series, whose mission was to promote the reading of "great...
D.C. Law
President Clinton came into office determined to give his cabinet a new look of diversity, and this apparently meant naming a woman as Attorney General. It took him three tries to achieve the goal, but he has done so with Janet Reno, and it is a bold...
Discovering Sex
When the decade of the fifties began, sex was still something of an illicit subject in America. Nor had there been any serious modernization of the technology of birth control in more than forty years. Never mind that an event as transcending as World...
'Does This Happen Often?' (Account of the 1920 Bombing of J.P. Morgan & Co.) (Column)
I came by my love of history naturally, for both my grandfathers were passionately fond of the subject and learned in it. Having been raised in the late nineteenth century they were also, of course, well acquainted with the classic authors who today...
Friends at Twilight
Jefferson said that he admired every politics. This was like claiming the To most of their contemporaries they were America's odd couple. John Adams was short, plump, passionate to the point of frenzy. Thomas Jefferson was tall, lean, serenely enigmatic....
Frontier State
From the time, about seven years ago, that we decided to devote a column in this magazine to traveling with a sense of history, we've received our fair share of state promotional literature. Not all of it - precious little in fact - has directly spoken...
Help from on High
In the early summer of 1949 my psychological life was not tightly held to reality by the usual tethers. On June 19 1 married the woman I loved, and a few days later I prepared to consummate a dream that I had concocted over the preceding months - to...
'Never Take No Cutoffs': On the Oregon Trail
The first caravans lumbered across two thousand miles of dangerous, inhospitable wilderness in 1843, the year of the Great Migration. To a surprising degree it's still possible to follow something very like their route. A couple of miles south of...
Revolutions
One of the most impressive items in the Forbes Magazine Collection is a wonderful letter that John Adams wrote in June 1817 to a historian named William Tudor. In it the aging Revolutionary looks back across half a century to assess which of his old...
The Wicker Dressing Stand
The airy elegance of the late Victorian wicker dressing stand opposite, made by the Heywood Brothers and Wakefield Company of Gardner, Massachusetts, exemplifies American wicker design at its best - exotic and imaginative while still remaining functional....