American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 6, October

A Sporting Life
AN INTERVIEW WITH ROGER KAHN THE AUTHOR OF AMERICA'S BEST-LOVED baseball book speaks of his days as a reporter, of his time (unique among sportswriters) owning a team, and of his latest subject, Jack Dempsey, whose violent career he uses to illuminate...
A Traveler's Toast to Connecticut
A few unenligthened East Coasters may consider Connecticut a northern suburb of New York City, but most of us know how wonderfully distinctive the Nutmeg State" really is. It's true that a small segment of the state's denizens commute daily to and...
Fall into Past Treasures
From village green to cobbled waterfront, from Civil War battlefield to Conestoga wagon rut, America is an endless bonanza for the traveler in search of history and heritage. Whether you make a weekend venture into the next county or cover a great...
Fighting Fear
"IF YOU GOTTA GO, YOU GOTTA GO" IS WHAT THEY REPLIED WHEN I ASKED, "Do you want to go into military service?" In 1940 tanks were rolling across Europe, bombs were exploding, blackness was descending. The United States was in danger. Did these young...
Inventing Antiques
Like so much else, they're a product of the Industrial Revolution THE PUBLIC BROADCASTING SYSTEM HAS A new hit on its hands for the first time in quite a while. It's "Antiques Roadshow." For those not familiar with it, the show rents an exhibition...
Is Our Civic Life Really in Decline?
VOTER TURNOUT MAY BE DOWN IN RECENT YEARS, BUT THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE COMMON CITIZEN HAS GROWN TO FAR SURPASS ANYTHING THE FOUNDING FATHERS EVER DREAMED OF IF YOU LOOK AT THE DECLINE IN VOTER turnout since 1960 or the steady decrease in young people's...
Missoula
NOURISHED BY POWERFUL RIVERS and an equally powerful sense of its past, a town of cowhands and poets and bikers and professors distills the whole history of the American West--its hope and rapacity, its calamities and triumphs. Fred Haefele makes clear...
The Carpetbaggers
As Hillary Clinton campaigns for a New York Senate seat, she'd do well to study the career of another effective outsider NEW YORKERS KNEW THEY WERE IN for a long, hot summer this year when Hillary Rodham Clinton made an early political foray into...
The Cold War through the Looking Glass
NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV'S SON RECALLS a world where the United States was the Evil Empire--and Soviet superpower a carefully maintained illusion WHEN THE COLD WAR BEGAN, PEOPLE MY AGE WERE IN SCHOOL, and when it ended, we were increasingly thinking about...
The Time Machine
October 1924 Seventy-five Years Ago The Galloping Ghost and the Four Horsemen On October 18 the University of Illinois inaugurated its brand-new football stadium with a contest against its archrival, Michigan, which was undefeated over...