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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 6, October

From Robert Benchley to Andrew Dice Clay
Is the kind of humor popular today another symptom of the general erosion of civil discourse? Maybe, says a man who has spent a good deal of his life being funny; but more likely it's just a vigorous breeze from the American frontier. I came to...
Leadbelly
While working on The Civil War series for television several years ago, I spent a fair amount of time browsing through the collection of conversations with ex-slaves recorded between 1936 and 1938 by interviewers working for the Works Progress Administration....
"Petticoat Government." (First Ladies)
I am informed that whenever Rush Limbaugh has cause to mention Hillary Rodham Clinton, he cues in "Hall to the Chief" as background music. There's nothing like subtlety. But at 1east Limbaugh isn't solemn in the style of a columnist I recently read...
Stonington
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Stonington, Connecticut, is that it ought to be so easy to get to and yet is so hard to find. If that geographical paradox didn't shape its history (after all, the Pequot Indians found it easily enough to set...
Technology of the Future
In May of 1927 a secretary rushed into her boss's office shouting, "He did it! He did it! Lindbergh has landed in Paris! "The boss was unimpressed."don't you understand?" she asked. "Lindbergh has flown the Atlantic all by himself." "A man can do,anything...
The American Century of Bessie and Sadie Delany
When I met Sadie Delany and her sister, Bessie, in September 1991, I was on assignment for The New York Times, hoping to write a story on two elderly and reclusive sisters who had just celebrated their one hundred and second and one hundredth birthdays....
The American Environment: The Big Picture Is More Heartening Than All the Little Ones
The Cuyahoga River died for our sins. In 1796 the Cuyahoga, which promised easy transportation into the wilderness of the Ohio country from Lake Erie, prompted the city of Cleveland into existence. Over the nest 170 years. a primitive frontier town...
The Destruction of Fighting Joe Hooker
He told Lincoln he was better then any other officer on the field at Bull Run and got the Army's top job. He built a beaten force into a proud one and stole a march on Robert E. Lee with it. He was twenty-four hours away from winning the Civil War....
The Man Who Asked Smart Questions
It was the summer of 1944. I had just been promoted to captain in the Ferrying Division of the Air Transportation Corps. My job was to deliver various types of aircraft to all parts of the country and half the world. One day I was sent to the Bell...
The Songwriters in Hollywood
They headed West from Broadway and Tin Pan Alley in the late 1920s, griped and groused when they reached Hollywood, and spent decades there producing the greatest outpouring of song America has ever known They didn't all make the journey at once,...
Transformation: A Memory of Helen Hayes
It was the spring of 1966 when we first heard the rumor through the post grapevine. But we didn't believe it. Helen Hayes? Coming here--to Korea? Impossible. For the preceding six months, as program director of a U.S. service club at the base in...
"We Had a Great History, and We Turned Aside." (Jack Kemp) (Interview)
Jack Kemp was born in 1935 in Los Angeles; his father owned a small trucking company. He came of political age in a time and place that made it likely enough that he would become a lifelong Republican, and he did. But the kind of Republican Jack Kemp...
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