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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 6, December

1828 "Abominations"
175 YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 19 South Carolina's legislature issued a set of resolutions vigorously opposing a tariff that Congress had enacted earlier in the year. The Tariff of Abominations, as it came to be known, imposed onerous duties on a wide...
Airpower's Century: Powered Flight Was Born Exactly One Hundred Years Ago. It Changed Everything, of Course-But Most of All, It Changed How We Wage War
WALTER BOYNE'S RESUME MAKES FOR UNUSUAL READING. He is the author of 42 books and one of the few people to have had bestsellers on both the fiction and the nonfiction lists of The New York Times. A career Air Force officer who won his wings in 1951,...
"America Was Where the Irish Grew Up": The Filmmaker Jim Sheridan Discusses What He Has Learned about the Long, Difficult Romance between Two Nations
An Interview by Joshua Zeitz * More than 20 years ago, well before he earned critical acclaim for films like My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, and The Boxer, a little-known playwright and director named Jim Sheridan moved with his young family...
How the 'Merrimack' Was Built: The Construction Drawing for the Trailblazing Ship Provides a Wealth of Information on Its Design History
THE DUEL BETWEEN THE IRONCLADS Monitor and Merrimack on March 9, 1862, remains a subject of animated controversy to this day. The disputes extend even to the proper name for the Confederate ship (the Rebels called it Virginia) and the outcome of the...
"Shyster"
"A LAWYER IS A MOUTHPIECE OR A SHYSTER OR a lip," a Saturday Evening Post article explained in 1929. No lawyer likes to be called a mouthpiece or lip--Frank Sinatra's lawyer Milton A. ("Mickey") Rudin waved a libel suit at Barron's after it ran a letter...
The Desert Blooms: Both Art and Nature Have Made Modern Scottsdale
IN 1985 THE CITY Government of Scottsdale, Arizona, quite remarkably set aside one percent of its capital improvement budget to acquire and display public art. The fund this created has also helped support the magnificent, airy Museum of Contemporary...
The Wizard of Your Christmas Tree: Thomas Edison's Gift to the Season
THE DAYS WERE GROWING SHORTER AS the Christmas season of 1880 drew near. Many American families planned to decorate Christmas trees--a German custom that, although it had begun to catch on only a generation earlier, was spreading year by year. But...
Trying for the Truth about the Alamo: A Report from the Field on the Attempt to Make a Historically Accurate Movie about an Event That Has Always Been Both Highly Controversial and Wildly Romanticized
"THIS IS EITHER GOING TO BE THE GREATEST ASSIGNMENT OF my life," says John Lee Hancock, director of The Alamo, the Disney film that opens this Christmas Day, "or my last. Or at least the last film I'll ever make in Texas. Texans, you know, take the...
"We Heard the Shots ..."
ABOARD THE PRESS BUS IN DALLAS 40 YEARS AGO "I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States....

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