Ike’s son, historian John Eisenhower, recalls attending meetings with the British wartime leader and reflects on his character and accomplishments.
Experiencing religious awakenings in 18th-Century New England
Patrick Henry adhered to a cluster of five tactical ideas that drove him and his neighbors first to resist, and then to declare themselves independent of Great Britain.
One of the most familiar incidents in American history is also one of the least understood.
How Britain Imagined America before Independence
Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said.
Interest in the outlaw has grown recently with the discovery of the first authenticated photographs of Henry McCarty, who died at the age of 21 after a short, notorious life of gambling and gunfights.
By war-making and shrewd negotiating, the 11th president expanded U.S. territory by a third.
In the early 1950s, a young Naval officer and his colleagues struggled to interest the Navy in Arctic operations. Their top secret efforts led to the first submarine trips to the North Pole by USS Nautilus and USS Skate in 1957 – dramatic successes that rivaled the Soviet Union's Sputnik that year – and shifted the balance of strategic power.
John Nicolay and John Hay were Lincoln’s two closest aides in the White House, and helped to craft the image of the President we have today.
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 in what became the first modern campaign for President, John Kennedy worked tirelessly for four years to win the White House – much longer than Theodore White and historians had thought.
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 functioned as Franklin Roosvelt'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