April 1958

Volume 9
Issue 3


Did the President, as he claimed, lose a battle but win a war in his attempt to pack the Supreme Court? Historical perspective suggests another answer

Young Samuel Slater smuggled a cotton mill out of England—in his head—and helped start America’s Industrial Revolution
“Why Oh! Why should death’s darts reach the young and brilliant —”

A distinguished historian finds that after 65 years Frederick Jackson Turner’s disputed “frontier theory” is still a valid key to understanding modern America

In the misty memories of six centenarians recorded in 1864, the great war lives again
Homely sentiment and crude humor—in delightful covers—helped soothe the mid-nineteenth-century breast
The white man made certain his imported thoroughbred could outrun the red man’s pony, but the Indian chief was wise in the gambler’s ways
Thomas Jefferson paid Gilbert Stuart $100 for a portrait, then waited 21 years for delivery. A fire-blackened canvas discovered over a century later raises doubt that the original ever left the artist’s Boston studio
Around Francis Marion there has sprung up an overgrowth of legend as tangled as the swamps he fought in. Here is an authoritative account of his role in the Revolution
The Confederates’ Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy warship, but her crude design made her a coffin for her crew

Japan’s feudal, shut-in history suddenly came to an end when the bluff American commodore dropped anchor in Tokyo Bay

April 1958