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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 8, November-December

1901: "The Case against the Chinaman". (Time Machine November/December)
100 YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 21, The Saturday Evening Post published an article about immigration policy titled "The Case Against the Chinaman." A federal law banning Chinese immigrants, in effect since 1882, had recently come before Congress for renewal,...
Are Our Liberties in Peril? Facing a Nearly Invisible Enemy, We All May Be Subjected to New Kinds of Government Scrutiny. but Past Wars Suggest the Final Result May Be Greater Freedom. (the Lessons of September 11)
ALMOST AS SOON AS THE PLANES STRUCK THEIR targets on September 11, there was renewed debate about a question Americans have grappled with since our country was born: How do we preserve the balance between personal liberty and collective security? There...
A Village Disappeared: On the Sixtieth Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, the Granddaughter of a Japanese Detainee Recalls the Community He Lost and the Fight He Waged in the Supreme Court to Win Back the Right to Earn a Living
TO THE CASUAL VISITOR, TERMINAL ISLAND IN LOS ANGELES Harbor is no more than a complex of dull warehouses and empty lots. The waterfront may feature a lonely boat or two and the streets suffer the occasional rumbling tractor trailer, but few people...
Brass Classics: Now You Can Buy the Buttons That Went Down on the Titanic. (History Now)
ONE DAY IN 1994, A PRODUCER from 20th Century--Fox phoned a manufacturer in Waterbury, Connecticut, 30 miles southwest of Hartford. The Waterbury Button Company had produced the brass buttons for the uniforms worn by the Titanic's crew, and, more than...
Fighting the Last War-And the Next: Our Government Called the Terror Attacks on Our Country an Act of War and Replied with a Declaration of War on Terrorism. What Can History Teach Us about Our Prospects in Such a War? (the Lessons of September 11)
GENERALS ARE ALWAYS PREPARED TO FIGHT the last war, as the durable and scornful proverb goes. But preparing to fight the last war is not necessarily a foolish thing to do. If military technology is stable--as was the case, for example, in the long...
Our Town: We've Seen It (Almost) All before. (in the News)
ONE STANDING RULE AT AMERICAN Heritage is to be sure not to focus too much on New York City. It's a good rule, for we New Yorkers have a tendency to think we are always at the center of the world, in case you haven't noticed. We also love to insist...
The Devil's Own Day: Brig. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman (Finding His Commander on the First Night of Shiloh): Well, Grant, We've Had the Devil's Own Day, Haven't We? Ulysses S. Grant: Yes. Lick 'Em Tomorrow, Though. (Letter from the Editor)
OUR OFFICES ARE 10 BLOCKS UP FIFTH AVENUE FROM Washington Square Park, whose gateway is a triumphal arch designed in the 1890s by Stanford White, flanked by two statues of George Washington, one as soldier, one as President. It's an unsatisfactory...
The Fire Last Time: When Terrorists First Struck New York's Financial District. (the Lessons of September 11)
IF YOU GO DOWNTOWN IN MANHATTAN TO THE offices of the old J. P. Morgan firm at the corner of Wall and Broad, you'll see the pocked-marble scars of the first blow that terrorists struck at America's financial heart, the Wall Street bombing of 1920....
The New Warfare and Old Truths: How Our Technologies Are Still Our Allies. (the Lessons of September 11)
IN THE EARLY 1880s, A MAINE-BORN INVENTOR NAMED Hiram Maxim, who had tried and failed to become a leading figure in the young electrical industry, met a fellow American in Vienna who told him, "Hang your chemistry and electricity! If you want to make...
"You Can Tell It's Mattel ... It's Swell!" Forty Years Ago, Cold War Technology and Memories of a Still-Recent World War II Combined to Make a Plastic Paradise of Great Toys-Which Wistful Baby Boomers Can Now Revisit
IT IS AMONG THE MOST FAMOUS SCENES IN ALL movie history. Citizen Kane on his deathbed utters his last word, "Rosebud." We learn at the end that Rosebud was Kane's childhood sled. As he faced death, it was not all his vast worldly possessions or his...
"You Have to Give a Sense of What People Wanted": Martin Scorsese Has Drawn on His Own Youth and His Feelings about the Past -- and Has Rebuilt 1860s New York -- to Make a Movie about the Fight for American Democracy. Here He Tells Why It Is Both So Hard and So Necessary to Get History on Film
I SPOKE WITH MARTIN SCORSESE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER ABOUT HIS FORTHCOMING MOVIE GANGS OF NEW York. The setting was the Park Avenue offices of his Cappa production company, where he was still hard at work, editing and finishing his film. The offices were...
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