Summer 2010

Volume 60
Issue 2

Features 

American doughboys proved their mettle in the forests and fields of eastern France during World War I

At five critical junctures in American history, major political compromises have proved that little of lasting consequence can occur without entrenched sides each making serious concessions

Without major compromises by all involved and the agreement to avoid the contentious issue of slavery, the framers would never have written and ratified the Constitution

Over the question of whether Missouri should be admitted to the Union as a free or slave state in 1820, creative moderates brokered an ingenious compromise that averted civil war

Fistfights broke out in Congress in 1850 over whether the territories just won in the Mexican War should be slave or free—and only a last-minute series of compromises prevented catastrophe

Compromise upon compromise whittled FDR’s dreams down considerably but enabled him to pass his Social Security Act, perhaps the most sweeping social reform of the 20th century

LBJ passes comprehensive federal insurance for seniors with shrewd politics and a strong dose of compromise

A new bridge spans the Colorado near the dam that came to symbolize America’s great promise—and changed the American West forever

Although marred by the grisly murders of three young activists, the Freedom Summer of 1964 brought revolutionary changes to Mississippi and the nation

Civil War Chronicles 

The highly lucrative cotton crop of 1860 emboldened the South to challenge the economic powerhouse of the North