American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 45, No. 2, April

Dick's New Old Friend
One day in the fall of 1954, I was waiting to meet an old friend in the reception area at the National Press Club in Washington when I noticed a flurry of activity. It seemed clear that an important person had arrived at the club, and I soon discovered...
Divine Loophole; a New York Parish Grew So Profitable over the Centuries It Pays Taxes Voluntarily
Taxes, by their nature, distort economies. Sales taxes increase prices and thus discourage buyers, while tariffs allow inefficient industries to flourish at the expense of the public in general. But the corporate income tax is surely the most distorting...
Just across the River
In a crisp, cool, sunny Saturday in January, a Mid-western cafe--a freestanding building with one counter, stools in front, grill behind --became the site of the most memorable experience of my high school years. It was 1960. I was a senior member...
Lucky Strike
From Interstate 25 we took the exit for Trinidad and pulled into a McDonald's on the edge of the commercial district, near the Colorado Welcome Center and the local chamber of commerce. We interpreted that welcome center's newness and imaginative...
Morning on the Upper Delaware
We slid the canoe into the river just above Skinner's Falls, which is not really a falls but a rift, the word locals use for rapids. I had tried once before to run it and got hung up halfway through, cutting too close to the right bank down what looked...
Mr. William's Walk; before There Was William Faulkner, There Was the Small Southern Universe of Oxford, Mississippi
The trouble with coming to Mississippi in winter is that, throughout his writing, William Faulkner has rarely pictured it that way for you. He almost always has that heavy summer air over everything, and you would not imagine these crisp brown January...
My Brush with Betty
My most vivid brush with history was so slight that although the incident produced one of the most popular photographs of World War II, my presence in the shot is always cropped out. There were many canteens in America offering servicemen entertainment,...
Palaces of the People
At the turn of the eighteenth century, a story went around Connecticut about a pious old woman who was berating her nephew for being such a rake. And an aging rake, at that. "But we're not so very different," he insisted. "Suppose that in traveling,...
Present at the Creation Again? the Unquiet History of the Modern State of Israel Has Been Tied Up with the United States from the Beginning
Peace was not in evidence in the Holy Land last Christmas Eve. Outbreaks of violence still rocked the West Bank and Gaza Strip three months after the signing of the accord between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat at the White House, with a beaming President...
Seattle
Im a newcomer to Puget Sound, but I've lived here long enough to know not to brag about Seattle. Blow its horn too loudly, and some joker in New York or, God forbid, San Diego will hear you and move here with his family and tell all his friends about...
Seventy Years before the Twin Towers
In the early fall of 1920 I was nineteen years old and one year out of high school, working in the engineering department of an import/export firm that dealt in steel. We were located at 49 Wall Street at the corner of William Street, exactly three...
Tales of a Gettysburg Guide
Like his father, his grandfather, and his great-grandfather before him, Dve was a Michigan farmer. His great-grandfather had emigrated from Poland in 1861, briefly worked in the Detroit area, then enlisted in the 24th Michigan. Months later, at the...
The American Innovator
The American Innovator Alan Feinberg, piano, Argo 436 925-2 (one CD), $15.98. CODE: AHB-25 * If the long, broad legacy of American piano music doesn't have much of a public audience, it's partly because this country long seemed a concert-music backwater...
The American Romantic
The American Piano The American Romantic Alan Feinberg, piano, Argo 430 330-2 (one CD), $15.98. CODE: AHB-23 * If the long, broad legacy of American piano music doesn't have much of a public audience, it's partly because this country long seemed...
The American Virtuoso
The American Virtuoso Alan Feinberg, piano, Argo 436 121-2 (one CD), $15.98. CODE: AHB-24 * If the long, broad legacy of American piano music doesn't have much of a public audience, it's partly because this country long seemed a concert-music backwater...
The Only Contender: Harry Wills Might Have Been Heavyweight Champion of the World. but the World Wouldn't Let Him
New York was suffering a newspaper strike when Harry Wills died in December of 1958, and therefore not everyone in the city of his residence knew he was gone. Elsewhere the obituaries uniformly highlighted the designation that followed him for more...
Wyoming
Wyoming has spent most of the 126 years since it was recognized as a United States territory trying to catch up with the future. Now the Equality State is ready to celebrate its past. Two recent anniversaries have excited new interest in the state's...