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Articles from Vol. 48, No. 7, November

1772
1772 Two Hundred and Twenty-five Years Ago Boston Sends a Message On November 2 the citizens of Boston took a giant step along the path to rebellion by establishing a committee of correspondence to exchange information with other Massachusetts...
Back to Bessie
Bessie Smith was the greatest blues singer of all time, and her influence still permeates popular music though almost no one listens to her records. An appreciation by an eminent jazz singer. Billie Holiday made me want to listen to Bessie Smith....
Cigars and Broadway
How a tireless impresario parlayed a cloud of smoke into several fortunes If you walk through the business districts of American cities these days, in even the worst of weather, you will see underdressed people huddled in doorways. No, they're not...
Getting Real in the Florida Keys
There are two ways For visitors to appreciate the mystique of the Florida Keys: 1) Get wet. 2) Get real. The first is a familiar refrain for regular visitors to "America's Caribbean," so called for reasons of geography, weather, and laid-back...
If Lewis and Clark Came Back Today
After three times traveling the trail they blazed, the author imagines what the two captains of Jefferson's Corps of Discovery would make of the civilization we have built on the tremendous promise they offered In the spring of 1804, in a heavily...
"It Was Nice." (the New Yorker Illustrator Charles Saxon)
When his affluent neighbors in suburban Connecticut accused him of using them as characters in his New Yorker cartoons, Charles Saxon quickly assured them that he was "really satirizing himself. Since he seemed to lead the same sort of life they did,...
Jefferson's Mistress?
When the Supreme Court ruled that President Clinton was not immune during his term of office from Paula Jones's suit charging alleged sexual harassment, I thought at once of writing a column about the accusations of sexual misconduct brought against...
Life with the Generalissimo
We Americans don't understand very well what it is to live under a dictatorship, so we tend not to become too disturbed when our government helps some general stay in power. A few million dollars to prop up his failing economy, some tanks and planes...
"Medic!" (World War II European Theater of Operations U.S. Medics)
In a hard war theirs may have been the hardest job of all. But together with Army doctors and Army nurses, they worked something very close to a miracle in the European theater. It wasn't any different getting killed in World War II than in the...
Of Spring Breezes and Beckoning Greens
Spring is an enchanting time in the mid-South. With the flowering of dogwoods comes the of fairways across the hills and hollows of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is prime motoring season, with long bright days and uncrowded roads....
Out of Season
Winter is the time to discover the Bermuda that British empire builders and confederate agents called home Britain's oldest colony, Bermuda, is a semitropical archipelago comprising several hundred small-to-tiny islands about six hundred miles off...
The Last Bonaparte
His grandmother wanted him to be crowned emperor in Paris; he didn't want anything to do with his royal background No less the Corsican clansman than the French military genius, Napoleon the Great saw himself as the eminence of a family of rulers...
What Happened to America's Public Schools?
At one point in his 1988 book The Thirteenth Man, the former Secretary of Education Terrel Bell speaks of the decline of secondary education in America. "If we are frank with ourselves," he writes, "we must acknowledge that for most Americans ......