A longtime contributor and former editor introduces the special anniversary issue
Notes about the famous historian and American Heritage editor
Forty seven years ago, the president wrote for American Heritage that the study of history is no mere pastime but the means by which a nation establishes its sense of identity and purpose
American Heritage couldn’t be allowed to just fade away.
Like the nation it covers, American Heritage was revolutionary at its birth. And like that nation’s story, ours is a real cliffhanger.
The longtime adviser to American Heritage wrote history not simply as a means of talking with other historians, but in order to talk to the general reader.
Our American heritage is greater than any one of us.