August/September 1978

Volume 29
Issue 5

Features 

The Colonial Status—Past and Present—of the Great American West

A Union seaman’s nightmarish memories of shot, shell, and shoal waters in Grant’s Mississippi River campaign, 1862–63

The Garden Club of America-once the diversion of leisured ladies—is now a vigorous environmental league

A new book presents uncommon portraits of our past from the photographic archives of the Library of Congress

Anonymous

How a Crash Program Developed an Efficient Oral Contraceptive in Less Than a Decade

An exclusive preserve of New York’s social elite —its rise, its flourishing years, and its slide into genteel decline

The ups and downs of the invention that forever altered the American skyline

August/September 1978

Departments 

A HERITAGE PRESERVED

AMERICAN CHARACTERS

BOOKS WE THINK YOU’LL LIKE

POSTSCRIPTS