American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, April

American Graffiti
* Shrouded by willow, hazel, and hawthorn bushes, the remains of more than 120 wartime U.S. 8th and 9th Army Air Force bases are still scattered across the landscape of East Anglia and Bedfordshire. Some of the buildings have been converted to workshops,...
Jefferson's Second Home
This spring, the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth, restoration begins on Poplar Forest, which he once Called "the best dwelling house in the state, except that of Monticello." While the work progresses, the house is open to the public, and its...
No Free Rides
I met Ronald Reagan in late October 1980, just a few days before the election that would put him in the White House. In fact, our encounter occurred under circumstances that might have caused me considerable embarrassment or more. I was in Washington,...
Pennsylvania's Hard Hills
"After the coal and steel industries collapsed, we approached our congressmen about how we could develop tourism around here. A Park Service study found that if we combined our cultural and natural resources, we might have a good chance." Randy Cooley...
Police Blotter
I've recently moved up in the world, from the tenth floor to the seventeenth, and four blocks closer to the Hudson River, a slate gray slice of which I can just see from where I'm writing. Small birds flutter around a feeder outside the window, and...
Season's End
Pedestrians stroll across a narrow, wooden bridge spanning the Halifax River to the Ormond Hotel, social center of Florida's Ormond Beach in 1903 and for many years thereafter. Located on a thinly populated stretch of a barrier beach between the river...
Term Limits? Not Again!
It is a bromide by now to say that the voters last November were in an anti-incumbency frame of mind. Not only did they turn out the sitting President, but in at least fourteen states they approved measures to limit the tenure of the men and women...
The Diner
We are looking down the polished marble counter toward the roost of the short-order cook in Lamy's, a 1946 Worcester Lunch Car. The tools of his trade are all here: the No. 2 Welsbach broiler-griddle; the custom-made, gas-fired, three-burner short-order...
The Spain among Us
After half a millennium we scarcely feel the presence of Spain in what is now the United States. But it is all around us. In 1883 Walt Whitman received an invitation to visit Santa Fe and deliver a poem at a celebration of the city's founding....
The Wisdom of the People
I had a hand in kicking the Communists out of the Kremlin. I did not run guns, disseminate propaganda, play soccer in the street with a bust of Lenin. But I helped precipitate the fall of Communism, nevertheless. No doubt events would have played themselves...
This Is the Place
Retracing the Pioneer Trail in Mormon Utah On my first visit to Gilgal Garden, a back-yard collection of folk sculpture in Salt Lake City, a Mormon friend who shares my taste for the unusual took my picture. There I am, a smiling, middle-aged Gentile...
Unintended Consequences
The law of unintended consequences is nowhere more obvious than in the results of man-made laws. Prohibition, by eliminating demon rum, was supposed to alleviate poverty and disease. What we got was Al Capone. More recently, environmental laws have...
Washington Acropolis
One of the most recent and most impressive monuments in Washington, D.C., is in fact nearly two centuries old. Three miles east of the Capitol, the U.S. National Arboretum's 444 densely planted acres fall away from Mount Hamilton to open out into a...
Wisky for the Men
A novelist joins his ancestor on a trip West and discovers in her daily travails an intimate view of a tremendous national migration For the past several days I have been traveling from Dover, New Jersey, toward Fort Washington, Ohio, with my great-great-great-grandmother....
You're the Top: Cole Porter in the 1930s
Cole Porter in the 1930s To mark the hundredth birthday of Cole Porter, two historical institutions have put out lavish collections of classic performances of his songs, in handsome LP-size boxes with copiously illustrated books containing essays...

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