American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 8, December

Christmas without Snow
Sprawled across the extreme southwest corner of the United States, just sixteen miles from Mexico, San Diego is about as remote as you can get from a traditional New England Christmas. But except for a dusting of snow, the city puts on all the trappings...
Cigarette Century
The patient at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, in 1919, might have wondered during his last days why all the physicians were so peculiarly interested in his case. When the man died, Dr. George Dock, chairman of the department of medicine, asked all third-...
Federal Art for Whose Sake?
Whoever is appointed (or reappointed) to the chairmanship of the National Endowment for the Arts by the incoming President in 1993, we can be sure of one thing: He or she will not find life easy. The battle over federal funding of artistic activities...
Fortress America
* May 15, 1885. The architect Henry Hobson Richardson peered out of a carriage window at the corner lot on Chicago's Prairie Avenue and then turned to his client and asked, "Have you the courage to build the house without windows on the street front?"...
Our Checkered Past
Hail a cab in the 1930s and you might find yourself with a plush Packard, a roomy Checker, a De Soto with a sunroof, or a Hudson Terraplane with the classiest chassis this side of the Atlantic. All had leather upholstery and jump seats. You can...
Private Flohr's America
"Ewrae Pobels in the Nord america bin the werae fein Leyds," wrote Georg Daniel Flohr, composing in very broken English a preface to his memoir of his time as a soldier in the American Revolution. "All the people of North America are fine people."...
Redeeming Time
Shakespeare--that master limner of the ways of kings--probed the frequent conflict between sovereigns and their heirs apparent in Henry IV Part I. While the king concerns himself with fractious nobles, treason, and other cares of state, his son, Prince...
School/business Partnerships: Are They Making the Grade?
Ten years ago next April, a bipartisan presidential commission released A Nation at Risk, a report warning Americans of our failing schools. Its strong language and call to action launched an unprecedented wave of studies, legislation and school/business...
The Homecoming
March 16, 1966. Gemini 8 was successfully in orbit, more vindication for the American space effort after a shaky start and a source of undiluted pride for a nation preoccupied with the growing involvement in Viemain. Neil Armstrong and Maj. David Scott...
The Home Front
What was the American Revolution really like, for real homes and real families caught up in its hardships and dangers? It is over two centuries since that famous "hurry of hoofs in a village street... the voice in the darkness, the knock at the door"...
The Radical Revolution
For years people have argued that France had the real revolution and that ours was mild by comparison. But now a powerful new book says the American Revolution was the most sweeping in all history. It alone established a pure commercial culture...