New England industrialists hired thousands of young farm girls to work together in early textile mills—and spawned a host of unintended consequences
Debate over America's involvement in World War II came to a head in July 1941 as the Senate argued over a draft extension bill. The decision would have profound consequences for the nation.
A new look at a famous Revolutionary figure questions whether history’s long-standing judgment is accurate
Restoration experts make a startling discovery that an 1848 daguerreotype hides a wealth of insight into life in a pre-war riverside town
The business of forging George Washington’s signature and correspondence to sell to unwitting buyers goes back 150 years
In a top-secret program, talented, young female mathematicians calculated the artillery and bomb trajectories that American GIs used to win World War II
American artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens finds inspiration in France to create one of America’s most iconic sculptures, a memorial to Civil War hero Adm. David Farragut
To bring their nation to the leading edge of technology, Soviet leaders are turning to the United States. Their grandfathers did the same thing.
In 1817, “Old Pewt’s” rebellious cadets met their master in Sylvanus Thayer
From law officer to murderer to Hollywood consultant: the strange career of a man who became myth
A vast tribute in cloth to the victors of D-day is good art, good history—and surprisingly affecting
Did the Indians have a special, almost noble, affinity with the American environment—or were they despoilers of it? Two historians of the environment explain the profound clash of cultures between Indians and whites that has made each group almost incomprehensible to the other.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, an extraordinary member of an extraordinary family, always claimed that God wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin
For ten tumultuous years Sam Adams burned with a single desire: American independence from Great Britain.
The great illustrator found giants in clouds and inspiration in the classics of fiction and history. And, like old Charles Willson Peale, he founded and trained a dynasty of fine artists
AMERICAN HERITAGE takes part in announcing an astonishing discovery at Yale—the earliest map ever found that shows any part of America. Traced to a copyist in Basel about 1440 A.D., it shows, long before Columbus, the New World lands discovered by the Norsemen. Authenticated by painstaking scholarly detective work at Yale and the British Museum, it opens the door to tantalizing historical speculations
Carrying the Stars & Stripes unfurled, from Vicksburg to Washington, and Gretna Green to London
Upon the clash of arms near a little Maryland creek hung the slave’s freedom and the survival of the Union
The great tragedy of the twenty-eighth President as witnessed by his loyal lieutenant, the thirty-first