December 1990

Volume 41
Issue 8

Features 

We asked dozens of historians to play detective and tell us what case in all of American history they would most like to see cracked

Anonymous

Fewer than half of O. Henry’s short stories actually take place in New York, but we still see the city through his eyes

Giving the men who died aboard America’s first battleship a decent funeral took fourteen years, three-quarters of a million dollars, and some hair-raising engineering. But in the end, they did it right.

In the early sixties it was going to revolutionize American education. By the early seventies it had confounded a generation of schoolchildren. Today it is virtually forgotten. But as we head toward another round of educational reforms, we should recall why it went wrong.

For a good part of his life, the governor of New York has used history as a guide—and a solace

December 1990

Departments 

EDITORS’ BOOKSHELF

HISTORY HAPPENED HERE

IN THE NEWS

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

MY BRUSH WITH HISTORY

THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA

THE LIFE AND TIMES

THE TIME MACHINE