June/july 1982

Volume 33
Issue 4

Features 

Victorian art, collected for patriotism and profit, finds a home in a New York hotel 19

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Buried here, along with hundreds of congressmen and various Indian chiefs, are Mathew Brady, John Philip Sousa, and J. Edgar Hoover

Original documents tell the story of a Civil War steamboat captains sorrowful cruise with the most destructive cargo of all

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Before there were Western states, there were public lands—over a billion acres irrevocably reserved for the people of the United States. The Sagebrush Rebels are the most recent in a series of covetous groups bent on “regaining” what was never theirs.

In a new book, the political journalist and columnist Richard Reeves retraces Alexis de Tocqueville’s remarkable 1831-32 journey through America. Reeves's conclusion: Tocqueville not only deserves his reputation as the greatest observer of our democracy—he is an incomparable guide to what is happening in our country now.

The victors divided the Germans into three groups: black (Nazi), white (innocent), and gray—that vast, vast area in between

Was it science, sport, or the prospect of a round-the-world railroad that sent the tycoon off on his costly Alaskan excursion?

How Juliette “Daisy” Low, an unwanted child, a miserable wife, a lonely widow, finally found happiness as the founder of the Girl Scouts of America

You’d never recognize it today. Perhaps this will refresh your memory.

… on its 200th anniversary. It took six years and seven tries—by such men as Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams—to come up with the official symbol of the United States. But what in the world does it mean?

A century after passage of the Fifteenth Amendment, many Southern blacks still were denied the vote. In 1965 Martin Luther King, Jr, set out to change that—by marching through the heart of Alabama.

A British schoolboy sees the quiet English countryside come alive with excitement toward the end of 1943 when …

June/july 1982

Departments 

AMERICAN CHARACTERS: F. O. MATTHIESSEN

CORRESPONDENCE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

NOW AND THEN

POSTSCRIPTS: MORE BATS

READERS’ ALBUM

TIME MACHINE