American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, February

An Explorer's Paradise
Following the Footsteps of Coronado His dream was to find the seven cities of gold, and though he came up short, the Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado left his mark on the American Southwest. The massive expedition he launched in 1540...
Correspondence
Sherman's War Victor Davis Hanson's smug, simplistic assessment ("Sherman's War," November 1999) of the leaders and followers of the Old South as people who deserved all the ills that befell them--because they held on to slavery--smacks of the same...
Dr. King's Dinner
ONE OF MY EARLY ASSIGNMENTS AS A ROOKIE civil rights worker was to stay close to Dr. King when we filed through the streets of Selma, Alabama. Three or four of us shared this duty, and together we kept him pretty much surrounded, blocking the aim of...
George Washington, Spymaster
WITHOUT his brilliance at espionage The Revolution could not have been won GEORGE WASHINGTON a master of espionage? It is commonly understood that without the Commander in Chief's quick mind and cool judgment the American Revolution would have almost...
How the Wilderness Was Won
SKIRMISHING ABOUT ENVIRONMENTALISM MAY WELL CONTINUE FOREVER, BUT THE MAJOR WAR IS OVER. IT LASTED FAR LONGER THAN MOST PEOPLE REALIZE. ONE OF THIS CENTURY'S PROFOUND CULTURAL transformations began in the 1960s, when ecological thought took hold...
How to Lose the Next Election
Americans won't choose a President who chides them "I NO LONGER BELIEVE THAT there is a moral majority. I do not believe that a majority of Americans actually shares our values," lamented Paul Weyrich, the conservative activist--and coiner of the...
I Wish I'd Known
Three years ago I spent my summer vacation trying to find a new way to help persuade the students in my class at Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts, that history is not a dead subject but a vital one valued by many people today. I got...
Meandering
Along the Scenic Hudson AT EASE. TIME OUT. LAY OFF. KNOCK OFF. UNBEND. UNWIND. EASE UP. EASE OFF. SLOW DOWN. CATCH YOUR BREATH. NOT A BAD IDEA. New York's Hudson River Valley is a lyrical place to indulge your wanderlust. In 1998, the Hudson...
Politicians vs. Bankers
It took until late last year to undo the damage Congress wreaked on the banking system in the 1930s DEMOCRACY IS USUALLY A SLOW AND almost always a messy business. Not infrequently, good politics trumps good policy in the process. Such was the case...
South of the Border
Seeking the best of a raffish past in a richer, safer Tijuana THIS IS CULTURE SHOCK. WALK OVER THE BRIDGE AND across the border into Tijuana from the big parking lots south of San Diego and you step from Southern California into the Third World,...
The America's Cup
In a century and a half it has produced six sublime, increasingly expensive boats--and competition so ferocious it is beginning to transcend national allegiances BIG YACHTS HAVE BEEN SAILING FOR THE AMERICA'S CUP SINCE 1851, which makes it the oldest...
The Father of American TERRORISM
Two hundred years after his birth, Americans still revere him as a martyr and loathe him as fanatical murdered. What was he? ON DECEMBER 2, 1859, A TALL OLD MAN IN A black coat, black pants, black vest, and black slouch hat climbed into a wagon...
The Florida Keys & Key West
Come as you are.[R] It begins minutes from the mainland -- a feeling of freedom that rushes to the senses. A trip to the Florida Keys can unleash creative genius, uncover sunken treasure and unlock mysteries of nature. Here, along 120 miles of islands,...
The Gray Flannel World
DAN WEINER'S fond, frank, canny 1950s photographs restore the depth to people whose children often saw the society they built as a cultural joke I know a man who came home from work one evening tired and dispirited. His wife met him at the door...
The Missouri Tracks of Lewis & Clark
ON MAY 14, 1804, MERIWETHER LEWIS AND WILLIAM CLARK SET OUT ON THEIR EPIC JOURNEY NEAR ST. LOUIS, MO. THE STATE OF MISSOURI HAS METICULOUSLY PRESERVED THE HISTORY AND MEMORY OF THESE EXPLORERS' WEIGHTY FOOTSTEPS AND INVITES VISITORS TO TRACE THEIR...
The Sad End of George and Martha
A true story of their final days on the Florida seashore ONE SUMMER AFTERNOON NOT SO VERY LONG AGO, the police department of Holmes Beach, Florida, a village on the Gulf Coast a few miles north of Sarasota, took custody of an insignificant-looking...
The Time Machine
February/March 1950 Fifty Years Ago Moscow's Best Friend On February 9, in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin delivered a Lincoln Day address to the Ohio County Women's Republican Club. In the wake of several recent...
The World War II Memorial
In our own time, no historical event has united such vast numbers in a common cause and changed so many lives as World War II. Personal tales of heroism and collective cheers of liberation tempered by loss live on in the precious memories and the...
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