October 1998

Volume 49
Issue 6


The great storyteller and famed historian lent authority and good advice to our aspiring magazine

A gracious antebellum city of stern-wheelers and cotton money; a restless, violent city with a hot grain of genius at its heart; a city of calamity, desolation, and rebirth; a city that changed the way the whole world hears music. It’s all the same city, and it is this year’s Great American Place. Thomas Childers answers a summons to Memphis, Tennessee.

A ranking of the forty wealthiest Americans of all time (Surprise: Only three of them are alive today)

. . . and the birth of the railroad revolution in America. A mystery solved.