April/May 2003

Volume 54
Issue 2


A present-day adventurer canoes the Upper Missouri to find that time and fortune have erased signs of its later history, restoring the wilderness the Corps of Discovery penetrated nearly 200 years ago

In the Aleutian Islands you can explore a landscape of violent beauty, discover the traces of an all-but-forgotten war, and (just possibly) catch a $100,000 fish

Its waters drove our first Industrial Revolution—and were poisoned by it. Thoreau believed the Merrimack might not run pure again for thousands of years, but today it is a welcoming pathway through a hundred-mile-long red-brick museum of America’s rise to power.

Our common history isn’t all pleasant, but seeing it firsthand is deeply moving

April/May 2003


History Now

In the News

Letter From the Editor

My Brush With History

Readers’ Album

The Business of America

Time Machine