American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 7, November

Capsule History
AMERICANS have been launching the time capsules into the future for over a century now, and today we're creating more than ever. Why is it that so few reach their destination? And that so many merely bore their recipients? EVER SINCE IT WAS DEDICATED...
Correspondence
Other Presents Very enjoyable, the special section on alternate history (September), though the North might have won the war sooner if McClellan had taken that minie ball in 1861. My own favorite: Theodore Roosevelt does not survive the 1912...
Disco
It began in the Paris underground of World War II and evolved over thirty years into a phenomenon that so overtuned cultural norms that it could not survive BONA FIDE REVOLUTIONS--whether political, cultural, or spiritual --occur infrequently in...
Floating City
Can a brand-new cruise ship glittering with amenities and shared with thousands of passengers lead you toward the Caribbean's past? The Galaxy displays the boxy lines and squared-off stern typical of newer cruise ships. SOME PEOPLE GET ON A SHIP...
History's Mysteries Battle Zone Week
A Special Advertising Section Sponsored by The History Channel Whether senseless or principled, close to home or in distant lands, wars are a major force in charting civilization. They change our lives, fill the pages of history books, and redefine...
"Our Big Time"
THE FILMMAKER, who has just finished a documentary on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, believes what the two women achieved was nothing less than the largest social transformation in American history ON NOVEMBER 2, 1920, FOR THE FIRST...
People of Progress
The artist EDWARD SOREL updates for our century a classic view of Americans who changed the world SAY YOU WANTED TO BRING UP TO DATE CHRISTIAN SCHUSSELE'S 1862 MASTERPIECE Men of Progress, a heroic four-by-six-foot scene of nineteen innovators of...
Planned Inferiority
Sometime in December of 1976 I listened in stunned silence as staffers from President-elect Jimmy Carter's transition team floated a trial balloon that would eliminate every one of the Strategic Air Command's bombers and ICBMs, leaving only a handful...
Sherman's War
THE GENERAL'S MARCH THROUGH GEORGIA IS USUALLY REMEMBERED AS A RUTHLESS CAMPAIGN OF INDISCRIMINATE TERROR, WAGED AGAINST HELPLESS CIVILIANS RATHER THAN SOUTHERN SOLDIERS. BUT VICTOR DAVIS HANSON ARGUES THAT IT WAS BRILLANT, EFFECTIVE, AND, ABOVE ALL,...
Stanton's Masterpiece
THE SCREENWRITER discovered that one of his subjects had composed a little-known testament that deserves a place in our highest literary canon AMONG THE MANY THINGS I DID NOT know about Elizabeth Cady Stanton when I set to work on the script for...
The Artist of the Century
The power of his vision fused a bond between American and European art, and between the first and second halves of the century NOW ON THE LEFT AND THEN COMING FROM RIGHT YOU'LL SEE the bombs...." Of course, at first we couldn't lift our eyes off...
The Greatest Catch
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN NORTHERN Virginia. A great day for a baseball game, even if you were in the Army, as I was on that day in the summer of 1953. I wasn't a very talented baseball player, but I was a scrapper, the kind of guy who ran out every...
The Invitation
In 1953 I was inducted into the Army. Since I had studied physics at college and worked for a short time in private industry, I was assigned to the Enlisted Scientific and Professional Personnel (SPP) Program and sent to the Army Chemical Center, in...
The Riot That Remade a City
How a mass killing 150 years ago made today's New York a better place THE CHILDREN ARE BACK AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL NOW--if they can still truly be called children after the terrible violence perpetrated upon them. We can only hope that the murder...
The Rules of the Game
How does one distill the millions of stories that are the history of Wall Street into a single book? A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AN EDITOR AT SCRIBNER ASKED ME TO WRITE a book covering the entire history of Wall Street. I was reluctant. I'd already written...
The Solitude of Self
THE POINT I WISH PLAINLY TO BRING before you on this occasion is the individuality of each human soul; our Protestant idea, the right of individual conscience and judgement; our republican idea, individual citizenship. In discussing the rights of woman,...
"The Supreme Laboratory of the American Experiment"
ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST documentary filmmakers takes on America's greatest city: Ric Burns discusses his new PBS series, New York RIC BURNS'S PROJECTS HAVE GROWN EVER MORE AMBITIOUS SINCE HE BECAME A DIRECTOR. He first made a name for himself...
The Time Machine
November 1924 Seventy-five Years Ago Mrs. Governor On November 4 voters in two states struck blows for equality by electing America's first female governors, Miriam A. Ferguson in Texas and Nellie Tayloe Ross in Wyoming. Both women were Democrats,...
Typical AMERICA at Its Best
One of New York's best-kept near-secrets is the Chautauqua Institution, located in the far southwestern tip of the state. A distinguished center for the arts, education, religion and recreation, Chautauqua celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1999,...