Ike’s son, historian John Eisenhower, recalls attending meetings with the British wartime leader and reflects on his character and accomplishments.
In 1942, Congress and the Administration debated cancelling the famous gridiron match-up between Army and Navy because of wartime gas rationing. President Roosevelt found a novel solution.
Working closely with President Lincoln, Secretary of War Stanton was indefatigable in laboring to win the Civil War. But his abruptness could sometimes be counterproductive.
Members of the Maryland Forces guard memories of a dramatic history at Fort Frederick, the best preserved fort from the former English colonies in America.
The modern version of an African-American spiritual has helped draw together people fighting for a better life
New evidence reveals that John Kennedy worked tirelessly for four years to win the White House, much longer than Theodore White and other historians had thought. It was the first modern campaign for President.
Once the most famous Chinese dish in America, chop suey helped spur the growth of Chinese restaurants. A Smithsonian curator is now criss-crossing the country to research its beginnings.
Sir Arthur Clarke predicted that a revolution in communications would bring electronic mail, telecommuting, the Internet, and inexpensive long distance calls in a seminal but forgotten 1962 essay, published by American Heritage more than half a century ago.
Veeck changed baseball forever, integrating the American League in 1949 and creating a variety of stunts and promotions to bring more fans to the stadium.
She operated as FDR's de facto chief-of-staff, yet Missy LeHand's role has been misrepresented and overlooked by historians.
Desperate to win a major victory in 1864, the South suffered one of the bloodiest days of the Civil War at the now often-forgotten battle of Franklin.
The Statue of Liberty has been glorified, romanticized, trivialized, and over-publicized. But the meaning of “Liberty Enlightening the World” is still everything.
On its way to gold fields in Montana, the riverboat sank in the Missouri and its hull and cargo eventually covered with mud. The author helped recover more than 200,000 Civil War-era artifacts from the remains of the Bertrand after they were found in a Nebraska cornfield.
Cowhands careless with branding irons invited a fatal attack of lead poisoning or the nether end of a rope.
A magnificent historical center portrays the heroic tale of the Lone Star State.
Their trails pioneered new frontiers and colored the social, political and economic pattern of a nation.
This quiet Hudson River city became the "cradle of New York State."
Its peculiarly local exuberance is nourished by rare traditions and an untamed individualism.
A longtime contributor and former editor introduces the special anniversary issue
The notorious voice of Japanese propaganda during World War II was a former Girl Scout who graduated from UCLA.
Hollywood has had a long and rocky relationship with the American Indian.
In a skirmish on Maryland's Eastern Shore, local militia stood up to the British army and delayed the attack on Baltimore.
When the Army arrested a chief of the Ponca Tribe in 1878 for leaving their reservation, he sued the Federal government and won — the first time courts recognized that a Native American had legal rights.
It has been called one of the most consequential debates in American history. The Revolution's greatest orator later fought to stop ratification of the Constitution because of his worries about powers proposed for the Federal government
Is telling a good story more important than historical accuracy?
In his second term, George Washington faced a crisis that threatened to tear apart the young Republic. His wife Martha later thought the bitterness of the debate may have hastened the President’s death, but Washington gave America the gift of peace, and an important precedent in leadership.
The author took part in the first night combat with Japanese bombers. In that dramatic action, he witnessed the loss of Butch O'Hare, the famous World War II ace for whom O’Hare Airport was named.
Alexander Graham Bell traveled to Italy at the turn of the 20th century on an audacious mission to rescue the remains of the man whose legacy endowed the Smithsonian Institution.