American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 5, July

Creating the Ultimate Civil War Resource
Richard Dobbins has made it his mission to gather every single record of every single soldier into one huge, organized, searchable Internet database. FAMILY LEGEND HAD IT THAT YOUR GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-UNCLE Hiram Spooner, a Massachusetts farmer, died...
Crossing Borders
FRANCE, BRITAIN, AND THE UNITED STATES ALL WANTED TO OWN MARITIME CANADA. IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY. NEW BRUNSWICK, THE oldest province in Eastern Canada, shares a long border and just as long a history with the state of Maine. Over centuries, the region...
Custer's Last Stands
This June marks the 125th anniversary of the destruction of George Armstrong Custer's command, an event well remembered cinematically. Custer's film debut came in 1912 with Custer's Last Fight, directed by Thomas H. Ince and inspired largely by the...
Funny Business
THE CRUSADE AGAINST COMIC BOOKS POW!!! ONCE AGAIN, THE innocent citizens of Gotham City have been rescued from the clutches of modern art by their mild-mannered mayor, Rudy Giuliani. The latest menace to civilization? A reworking of the Last Supper,...
Hitler and IBM
DID A COMPANY AND A MACHINE SPAWN EVIL? DID INTERNATIONAL Business Machines, a giant of information technology long before there were computers, have a "conscious involvement --directly and through its subsidiaries--in the Holocaust, as well as...
Miniature Portraits
The word miniature comes from a Latin word, but not the one for "little"; it comes from the word for "red lead ink." In the Middle Ages, a miniator was a person who drew fine-grained pictures, often with an overflow of scarlet, in the margins of illuminated...
Ms. America
WHY JANE FONDA IS A MIRROR OF THE NATION'S PAST FORTY YEARS ON THE CUSP OF TURNING 60 IN 1997, JANE FONDA decided to compile a video of highlights in her notably eventful life to present to guests at her forthcoming birthday party. In search of...
Pearl Harbor What Really Happened?
In April, Kevin Baker wrote in the "in the News" column of his dismay at the current attempt by Congress to restore the ranks of Rear Adm. Husband E. Kimmel and Maj. Gen. Walter C. Short, the Navy and Army commanders in charge at Pearl Harbor during...
Pieces of the Past
DONALD MORRIS, THE NOVELIST, NEWSpaperman, and historian who knows everything and publishes a lively weekly newsletter about it out of Houston, reports a triumph. He has just acquired Sky Birds card No. 97, which shows Capitaine Georges Thenault, the...
Standard Time
WE ALL LIVE BY WHAT HAPPENED ON NOVEMBER 18, 1883 PERHAPS NOTHING SO separates the world of today from that of our ancestors before the Industrial Revolution as do standards. Yet most of the time we don't even know they are there. A standard is...
The Fourth Great Awakening
A NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING ECONOMIST AND HISTORIAN SAYS WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF AMERICA'S MAJOR PERIODS OF REFORM Robert Fogel is best known as one of the two authors of Time on the Cross, a pathbreaking 1974 book that applied statistics and numerical...
The Original Hall of Fame
ITS OUT-OF-THE-WAY SETTING IS GLORIOUS IN ITS FASHION MANY IMPORTANT THINGS TEND TO GET overlooked in New York City, including its historic places. The nation's first President was inaugurated there, and the general who saved the Union is entombed...
Time Machine July/august
1776 "WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS ..." 225 YEARS AGO ON JULY 4, IN PHILADELPHIA, the Continental Congress brought a new nation into the world by adopting the Declaration of Independence. The drama had begun on June 7, when Richard Henry Lee of Virginia...
Who Wants to Be a Mid-Two-Figures-Aire?
How luck, television, and a saintly lurker on the Internet combined to let the author visit 1953 for half an hour. "And now let's see what the panel can do with another challenger. Would you sign in please, sir?" A grainy black-and-white kinescope...