September/October 1990

Volume 41
Issue 6

Features 

For a century now it has been a haven to some, an outrage to others—and it is one of the very few social institutions that have survived their founders’ world

For two hundred years the United States patent system has defined what is an invention and protected, enriched, and befuddled inventors. As a tool of corporate growth in a global economy, it is now more important than ever.

To the end of his life America’s most infamous traitor believed he was the hero of the Revolution

The maker of a fine new documentary on the Civil War tells how the medium of film can evoke the emotional reality of history

September/October 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