September 1999

Volume 50
Issue 5

Features 

Smarter than stupid, of course; but does the intellectual tradition that began with the century suggest there is such a thing as being too smart for the country’s good?

IN THE WORLD OF ALTERNATE HISTORY, IT ALL CAME OUT DIFFERENTLY—AND IN AN ERA WHEN REAL HISTORY IS TAKING SOME VERY STRANGE TURNS, THE GENRE IS FLOURISHING AS NEVER BEFORE

THE BEST OF TODAY’S ALTERNATE HISTORY ISN’T LIKELY TO CHEER YOU UP. BUT IT CERTAINLY WON’T BORE YOU.

The word emerged during the Depression to define a new kind of American adolescence—one that prevailed for half a century and may now be ending

A century and a half ago two young girls started hearing noises they said came from beyond the grave—and embarked on a lifetime career that began a national obsession with spiritualism that has lasted to this day

A tantalizing archival discovery suggests the perils of historical evidence

September 1999

Departments 

History Happened Here

In the News

Letter From the Editor

My Brush With History

The Business of America

The Time Machine