American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 59, No. 3, Fall

Dare to Discover ... Virginia
No State offers more opportunities to visit and enjoy history than Virginia, which boasts, among other sites, the homes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, the site of the first permanent English settlement, the location of North America's first...
Eavesdropping on the Rising Sun: A Young Man from Queens Jumps into the Thick of World War II Intelligence Activities by Translating Secret Japanese Messages
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN HIS MARVELOUS MEMOIR, Flights of Passage, my friend and onetime colleague Samuel Hynes, a Marine Corps combat aviator in World War II, writes that the war is the shared secret of his generation--those young men who came...
George Washington in Love: The Vivacious Sally Fairfax Stole the Young Man's Heart Long before He Met Martha
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON MARCH 30, 1877, the New York Herald, one of the largest newspapers in America, printed a passionate love letter that had been written on September 12, 1758. Surely not hot news, you might ask? The Herald's editors knew...
Get out Your Photographs! Producer Thomas Allen Harris Is Launching a Web Initiative That Seeks to Digitize, Archive, and Intepret Thousands of African-American Photographs until Now Hidden in Attics and Shoeboxes
Family photographs have long played an important role in accessing the past--and now an innovative web-based multi-media project has started archiving thousands of African-American family photos in an attempt to explore lives and history through this...
Grave Matters: Two Centuries after His Death, Explorer Meriwether Lewis Finally Gets a Funeral with Well-Deserved Honors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TWO HUNDREDS YEARS ago, Meriwether Lewis, the leader of one of America's most famous expeditions, met an ignoble end at an obscure inn near Hohenwald, Tennessee. Two years earlier the Lewis and Clark Expedition's triumphant...
Lombardi Rules: Fifty Years Ago, Vince Lombardi Took over the Green Bay Packers and Revolutionized the Game of Football
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AT THE HEIGHT OF OPERATION Desert Storm in February 1991, former All-American football star Ron Kramer was watching the news on television. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, chief of U.S. ground forces in the Persian Gulf, was detailing...
Lovers of Honor
We don't hear the word "honor" used much these days; it may seem a quaint and old-fashioned notion in some circles, gone the way of dueling, cavalry charges, and trench warfare. Americans were skeptical about President Nixon's plea for "peace with...
Monticello Reborn: Jefferson's Home Finally Gets Its Own Museum and Education Center
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] TIMES CHANGE. HISTORY CHANGES. Take Monticello: Thomas Jefferson s storied home and temple to the Republic's founding has just this year gained a spectacular 42,000-square-foot visitor complex that replaces the small off-site...
The Secret Six: Without the Material Support of a Half-Dozen Prominent Northerners Known as the Secret Six, John Brown's Attack on the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry 150 Years Ago May Well Never Have Occurred
ON OCTOBER 17, 1909, a small group of former abolitionists quietly gathered in an imposing brick house in Concord, Massachusetts, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of John Brown's historic raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, then a part...
TR's Wild Side: As a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt's Attention to Nature and Love of Animals Were Much in Evidence, Characteristics That Would Later Help Form His Strong Conservationist Platform as President
ON JUNE 3, 1898, 39 days into the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders arrived in Florida by train, assigned to the U.S. transport Yucatan. But the departure date from Tampa Bay for Cuba kept changing. Just a month earlier,...