American Heritage

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, May-June

American Taxation
JEAN BAPTISTE COLBERT, THE FINANCIAL GENIUS WHO kept Louis XIV's famously expensive government afloat, once said, "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount...
Disarmament Conference
In 1959 I was a journalism student at the University of Minnesota, where I worked as a reporter for the school newspaper, the Minnesota Daily. That September Nikita Khrushchev was touring the United States and was scheduled to visit an agriculture class...
In Windsor Prison
THE OFFICIAL NAME FOR THE VARIOUS HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS was the Yellowjackets, and their home backers called them the Jacks. Not so fans attending away games. At any Vermont gym or field but their own the players were referred to as the Prisontowners. That...
'Oldie but Goodie.' (Schooner Lewis R. French)(includes Related Information on Arranging a Trip)
I am lying on my back looking up not just at a wide blue sky but also at sails taut with wind, oaken masts, rigging that creaks and vibrates. Beneath me an ocean swells and yields, and the air sings with the sound of water rushing past the hull. I feel...
'Our Times'. and Mine
I Confess, I am not the likeliest candidate to have condensed Mark Sullivan's Our Times into a new, one-volume edition. That landmark of popular history is a genuine, certified classic, and usually about the closest any working reporter gets to a classic...
Rescue Squad
ON A WARM MAY AFTERNOON IN 1909 THE quiet along the river in Roanoke, Virginia, is broken by cries for help. Two canoeists have capsized. Bystanders rush to the banks, throw branches toward the foundering men. It is in vain. The swift current carries...
R.I.P., Icc
In the Roman army the soldiers' regular rations were principally in the form of large loaves of bread, each one enough for two soldiers for a day. This presented a big problem. As with every standing army before and since, life in the legions was largely...
Tax Timing
The ALERT READER (AND FOR THAT MATTER THE NEAR-COMATOSE one) will notice that this month's cover story on American taxation arrives at a conclusion that will not be anathema to the chairman of the company that pays my salary. And given the current vigor...
The Concert
Louis Armstrong created a dilemma for me in the middle of Africa in 1960. I was the director of the United States Information Service in the three-state Federation of Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland. One morning I received an unexpected...
The McKinley Era Mega-Merger
Once again it's merger-mania time in the United States as a new century draws nigh. Headlines proclaim the impending or actual union of Capital Cities/ABC and Disney; of Turner and Time Warner; of Chase and Chemical; of USAir and United--or perhaps American....
The Real One?
Early in the summer of 1961 I was between jobs and camped on the outskirts of Fairbanks, Alaska, killing time, waiting for a forest fire to start. Emergency firefighters get paid only when they work, so I wanted to stick by the telephone. Gerry Miller...
Wyoming: The Past Comes Alive
There was a time, and it wasn't that long ago, when nobody seemed to want Wyoming. The explorer John Fremont described the mountains' "terrible solitude... beyond the region of animated life." Mark Twain, crossing the Red Desert, called it the "loneliest...

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