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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, August-September

1952: The Dog That Saved Eisenhower. (Time Machine August/September)
50 YEARS AGO ON SEPTEMBER 23 Sen. Richard M. Nixon, the Republican candidate for Vice President, took to the airwaves in an attempt to save his political career. The Californian had been a rising star ever since he exposed the Communist spy Alger Hiss...
At Gettysburg. (Letter from the Editor)
IN THE AFTERMATH OF LAST SEPTEMBER'S ATTACKS, there was, for the first time in my memory, a good deal of talk about the War of 1812. This most underrated (in terms of both significance and intrinsic interest) of our national conflicts saw a number...
Dixies' Victory: The Old Confederacy Got Only as Far North as Pennsylvania, but Its Great-Grandchildren Have Captured America's Culture. Joshua Zeitz Looks at Sports, Entertainment, and Religion to Show How
ABOUT 60 YEARS AGO, IN JULY 1942, A 35-YEAR-OLD coal miner from East Kentucky named Jim Hammittee packed up his belongings and traveled with wife to Detroit, where he found work in a roller-bearing plant. "When I first came there, we only planned to...
Gateway to Adventure: Traveling Maryland's National Road. (Advertisement)
Looking for a little history on your next road trip? Travel in the footsteps (or more likely carriage tracks) of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson along the famed National Road as it winds through the Maryland countryside from the Chesapeake low...
Have You Seen This Founding Father? the Thomas Paine National Historical Association Tries to Find His Bones. (History Now)
IN MARCH 1809, TWO MONTHS BEFORE his death, a sickly Thomas Paine was refused a plot at a Quaker cemetery in New York City. The pamphleteer and political activist, who had incited the colonies to rebel with Common Sense and horrified Christians with...
Hiding History: A Recent Presidential Edict Will Make It Harder for Historians to Practice Their Trade
WHEN "THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE thirteen United States of America" was distributed on July 4, 1776, its fourth complaint against the King of Great Britain read: "He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable and...
Historical Celebrity Boxing: It's Almost as Inspiring as Gettysburg, and Much Less Bloody. (History Now)
A SURPRISE RATINGS WINNER ON TELEVISION THIS SPRING WAS "Celebrity Boxing," the pugilistic equivalent of karaoke, which showcased such long-awaited matchups as Tonya Harding vs. Paula Jones and Vanilla Ice vs. Todd Bridges. Purists condemned the show...
On Exhibit. (History Now)
"IT WOULD BE FAR BETTER FOR American art students and painters to study their own country and portray its life and types.... They must strike out of themselves and only by doing this will we create a great and distinctly American art," said Thomas...
On the Road with Bob and Bihg. (Screenings)
ON THE ROAD WITH BOB AND BIHG "Maybe you have to have seen the Bob Hope-Bing Crosby Road movies when they came out," wrote Pauline Kael in 5001 Nights at the Movies, "to understand the affection people felt for them, and to appreciate how casually...
River Time: Floating on the Ohio aboard the Only Barge That Plies American Waters. (History Happened Here)
THE R/B RIVER EXPLORER, America's only hotel barge, is a red, white, and blue whale of a vessel. At 590 feet long and 54 feet wide it could swallow whole schools of the brightly painted narrow boats and barges that travel the waterways of Britain and...
September 11 vs. December 7: Did Americans Behave Better Back Then? (in the News)
REMEMBER SEPTEMBER 11? Or rather, remember how it was supposed to change us all, and for the better? Among all the predictions was one that held that it would lead to "the end of irony," the sort of earnest prognostication that is bound to seem ironic...
The Elements of Freedom: E. B. White Sums Up What Democracy Means to Americans. (History Now)
THIS SEPTEMBER 11, WELCOME BOOKS WILL PUBLISH The Little Big Book of America (352 pages, $24.95), an illustrated compendium of things that make our country great. The anthology is edited by Lena Tabori and Natasha Tabori Fried, of the family that makes...
The Man Who Invented the Newspaper: James Gordon Bennett Was the Forefather of the People Inventing Internet News. (the Business of America)
THE NEWS BUSINESS IS IN A REVOlutionary state. Newspapers have been declining in both numbers and editions for decades, and today only the very largest cities have more than one general-interest daily paper. Television news has changed even faster....
"The Most Dangerous Institution": For Nearly a Hundred Years, the FBI Has Been Fighting for America-With Its Discipline and at Odds with Its Shadowy, Extralegal Tactics. (Cover Story)
WHEN AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11 CRASHED INTO THE NORTH TOWER OF the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, been at his post for just one week. Suddenly he found himself responsible for...
Who We Fight: A Year after the September Attacks, It Has Become Clear That Ours Is a Very Old Enemy
"HIS TEMPERAMENT LACKED JOY AND GOOD WILL TOward men ... and his soul gorged on two dishes, his ego and his god. Egotism and religion formed the content and the contours of his life, and he felt no sympathy with other human beings, since his eyes looked...
"Yankee". (Why Do We Say That?)
THE WORD YANKEE IS BOUND UP INTIMATELY with American history, starting life as a term of disparagement, especially for New Englanders, before becoming a synonym for American, as in "the Yanks are coming" or--after they've gotten there and finished...