American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 54, No. 1, February-March

1953: Ike Gets Tough.
50 YEARS AGO ON FEBRUARY 2, IN his first State of the Union address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced that the U.S. Navy would no longer shield the Chinese mainland against attack from Taiwan. Since the mainland was controlled by communists,...
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FDR and His Women: A Novelist Who Has Just Spent Several Years with Them Tells a Moving Story of Love: Public and Private, Given and Withheld
IN THE FDR LIBRARY IN HYDE PARK, AMONG the effects of Anna Roosevelt Halsted, the only daughter of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, there is a scrap of yellowing paper, about four inches by five. It is covered with a penciled note in the kind of...
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James Bond.
HAS ANYONE EVER ADEQUATELY EXplained how a British secret agent became an American cultural idol? Well, for one thing, Bond wasn't English; his creator, Ian Fleming, made clear to us at the outset that Bond was the product of a Scots father and a Swiss...
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Lewis & Clark: Explorers of the American West.
Two hundred years ago this April, Thomas Jefferson roughly doubled the size of the United States with the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon Bonaparte. With the stroke of a pen, the fledgling U.S. took control of more than 830,000 square...
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"Podunk."
A GAZETTEER OF MYTHICAL AMERICA WOULD be sprinkled with such picturesque place-names as Buzzardsborough, Crow Corners, East Punkinton, Gopherville, Mudville (where mighty Casey struck out), and Weazletown, all of them indicating small towns or boondocks....
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Race Cleansing in America: A Nationwide Gene-Purity Movement Promoted Methods That Eventually Were Adopted by the Third Reich. and Everyone from John D. Rockefeller to W. E. B. Du Bois Supported
Carrie Buck was in her third year at the State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded in Lynchburg, Virginia, when the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the state's right to sterilize her. Seventeen at the time she had been institutionalized, the child...
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The Shah Always Falls"; a Soldier-Historian Looks at How the World Has Changed in the Past Decade and Finds That America Is Both Hostage to History and Likely to Be Saved by It.
MILITARY HISTORIANS SOMETIMES write biographies of people they call military intellectuals. Such people are interesting because they can have a vast effect on history, and also because they combine in one career two modes of life normally considered...
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Where They Went to See the Future: The Story of Chicago in the Nineteenth Century Is the Story of Making of America, Donald L. Miller Says. A New PBS Documentary Based on a Book He Wrote Shows Why
DONALD MILLER HAS NEVER LIVED IN Chicago, and he never thought of writing about it until he started noticing the curious ways its formative years reminded him of the flowering of Renaissance Florence. But once he got immersed in it he produced City...
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Who Let the Dogs out? We Did! Three Decades Ago This Magazine Launched a Durable American Trend.
OVER THE YEARS AMERICAN HERItage has broken many stories of national importance. The purported pre-Columbian Vineland Map of North America, the case for Thomas Jefferson's having fathered children with Sally Hemings, the Duke of Windsor's pro-Nazi...
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Williamsburg by Ear: Along with Its Well-Known Visual Pleasures Come Acoustic Ones.
IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY acknowledged that parents of American schoolchildren must take them to Colonial Williamsburg. This fact came home forcefully to my husband and me after our friends from Algeria made the pilgrimage with their son. "The secret,"...
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