Contributors Beginning with A

Aaron, Daniel
Daniel Aaron is a Victor S. Thomas Professor of English and American Literature, Emeritus of English at Harvard University and a founder of the Library of America.He received his B.A. in 1933 from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in 1943 from Harvard University.Selected works include: The Americanist (2007); American Notes: Selected Essays (1994); Ci
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Abbott, Shirley
This article is excerpted from a book about historic Charleston houses by Shirley Abbott and the staff of Rebus, Inc., which will publish the volume later this year.
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Abbott, Bill
Bill Abbott Westport, Conn.
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Abel, Elie
Elie Abel (October 17, 1920 – July 22, 2004) wrote extensively on communism, politics, and history during his six decades as a journalist. He led the New York Times' Belgrade office as bureau chief during the 1956 Hungarian revolts and covered the 1958 Chinese takeover of Tibet from his post in New Delhi. Upon returning to the United States in 1959, he took a
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Abrahams, Edward
Edward Abrahams, who lives in Washington, D.C., is the author of The Lyrical Left: Randolph Bourne, Alfred Stieglitz, and the Origins of Cultural Radicalism in America , which was published last year by the University Press of Virginia.
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Abrams, Ellen
—Ellen Abrams is writing a novel loosely about the Dionne quintuplets.
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Acheson, Dean
Dean Acheson (1893-1971) was an attorney and statesman who served as Secretary of State from 1949 to 1953 under President Harry Truman. A key architect of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, Acheson stressed the importance of multilateral organizations in the fight against totalitarianism. Prior to his service in the Truman Administration, Acheson clerked for Supreme Court Justice Louis
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Ackerman, John H.
Mr. Ackerman, who is Sunday editor of the New Bedford, Massachusetts, Standard-Times , is a long-time railroad buff, as well as “the only man who ever sailed backward up the Wareham River.”
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Ackerman, Stephen J.
Stephen J. Ackerman is a freelance writer and a collector of American political memorabilia.
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Adams, Scarritt
Scarritt Adams retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain in 1960 after thirty years of distinguished service and subsequently was a lecturer in American history for the University of Maryland.
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Adams, Henry
Henry Adams is a Professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University. A noted scholar of 19th century American Art, Adams has served as a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, as a curator of American Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and at other prestigious posts across the country. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from William Jewell College for care
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Adler, Dick
Dick Adler lives in Los Angeles; he is a writer and editor for magazines and television.
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Adumbrator, The Old
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Aiken, George D.
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Aitken, Jonathan
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Akin, Wallace E.
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Akst, Daniel
Daniel Akst, a writer in Los Angeles, is the author of St. Burl’s Obituary , a novel (Harvest Books, 1997).
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Alberts, Robert C.
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Alexander, Gerard L.
Dr. Alexander, who is chief of the Map Division of The New York Public Library, has particular interest in the cartography of the Age of Discovery.
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Alexander, Jules
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Allen, Richard Sanders
Richard Sanders Allen, postmaster of Round Lake, New York (population, 1,000), is an engineering historian. His specialty is covered bridges, but he has written on everything from colonial roads to pioneer aviation. His Covered Bridges of the Northeast was published in 1957; a companion volume,
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Allen, Oliver E.
Born in 1922, Oliver E. Allen was a Harvard graduate and a long-time editor and director of Time-Life Books.  
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Allen, Gerald
Gerald Allen is an architect and the author of Architectural Drawing: The Art and Process with Richard Oliver (Whitney Library of Design).
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Allen, Frederick
Frederick Allen is a former CNN commentator and the author of Secret Formula: A History of the Coca-Cola Company .
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Allen, Gay Wilson
Gay Wilson Allen is the author of the 1981 Ralph Waldo Emerson , a Biography.
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Allen, Leslie
Leslie Allen is independent writer and editor living in the Washington, D.C. area.  She was a staff writer and editor at National Geographic from 1982 to 1992, and has authored two books, LIBERTY: THE STATUE AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (Summit Books, 1986) and WILDLANDS OF THE WEST (National Geographic, 2002).
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Allen, Frederick E.
Frederick E. Allen is the Leadership Editor of  He was a long-time editor of American Heritage, and the Editor of Invention & Technology from 1984 to 2007. 
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Allen, Ralph G.
Ralph Gilmore Allen (1934–2004) was an American producer, director, writer, lyricist, and professor. He is credited, along with Harry Rigby with having conceived of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Sugar Babies, a tribute to the burlesque era. In 1965, Other musicals he wrote included Honky Tonk Nights and Scandals. Allen was awarded the Guggenheim Fel
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Allitt, Patrick
Patrick Allitt is the Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, specializing in political, religious, and intellectual history. Born in England, Allitt has written several books, including his most recent, The Conservatives: Ideas and Personalities Throughout American History, released in 2009.
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Altschuler, Glenn C.
Glenn C. Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell and the author of All Shook Up: How Rock ’n’ Roll Changed America .
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Ambrose, Stephen E.
Stephen E. Ambrose (1936-2002) was a historian and professor who wrote on military history, presidential history, and American expansion and foreign policy. Ambrose has been praised for his biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and for helping to galvanize interest in World War II. His most noted works include D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Cli
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Amory, Cleveland
Cleveland Amory (1917 – 1998) was a prominent author and animal-rights activist. Among his best-selling books included The Proper Bostonians , Home Town, and The Last Resorts and his popular series on "Polar Bear," the cat he rescued from the streets of Manhattan on Christmas Eve in 1978. In the
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Andersen, Fred
Fred Andersen’s account of the making of the famous musical Yankee Doodle Dandy appeared in the July/August 1997 issue.
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Andersen, Kurt
—Kurt Andersen writes for The New Yorker , where his column, “The Culture Industry,” appears biweekly.
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Anderson, Ross
Ross C. Anderson is chief curator of the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. He has organized a retrospective exhibition of the art of Abbott Thayer, which will appear at the National Academy of Design, New ‘York City, from November 24,1982, through January 23,1983. It will then travel to the Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire,
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Anderson, Fred
Fred Anderson is an author and historian who has published many books on early modern colonial and military history. In 2006 Anderson completed The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War, which was rewritten as a PBS four-part series, and has written other books on American military history and the decline of the E
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Andrews, Wayne
Wayne Andrews is Archives of American Art Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. His next book, Architecture in New England , will be published by Stephen Greene Press in 1972.
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Andrews, Peter
Peter Andrews is a contributing editor to American Heritage ; his story of how the U.S. forces in World War II learned their business the hard way in North Africa appeared in the December 1991 issue.
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Andrist, Ralph K.
Ralph Andrist was a former editor in the Book Division of the American Heritage Publishing Company. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a major in journalism from University of Minnesota in 1935. He passed away in 2004.
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Angle, Paul M.
After leaving his father’s grocery store, Paul McClelland Angle went on to Ohio’s Miami University, and subsequently became one of the nation’s foremost scholars of Abraham Lincoln and his times. The first of his many books was Mary Lincoln, Wife and Widow , on which he collaborated with Carl Sandburg in 1932; the
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Anthony, Carl Sferrazza
Carl Sferrazza Anthony is an author who has written a dozen books on political families and wives, including America's First Families: 200 Years of Private Life in the White House, and Heads of State: The Presidents as Everyday Household Items… He has interviewed Presidents Clinton and Bush, wrote speeches for Nancy Reagan, and
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Ardman, Harvey
Harvey Ardman, the author of several books, is writing a definitive history of the Normandie to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of her launching.
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Armaleo, Maia
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Armstrong, Oscar V.
A retired Foreign Service officer, Oscar V. Armstrong was born in China and specialized in Chinese affairs during his career.
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Armstrong, Doug
Doug Armstrong Reference librarian John Abbott College Montreal, Canada
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Arnold, Thurman
From 1938 to 1943 Thurman Arnold was an assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of antitrust matters, and subsequently served as an associate justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He is now a member of a law firm in Washington. For further reading: Right-Hand Man: The Li
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Aron, Paul
Paul Aron is senior editor at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Previously he was a reporter for The Virginia Gazette and executive editor at Simon & Schuster.
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Asbell, Bernard
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Asher, Aaron
Aaron Asher (1929-2008) was one of the prominent literary editors during the 20th century, editing works by Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Born in East Prussia, Asher immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 78.
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Ashworth, William
William Ashworth, who was born and reared ten airline miles from the Snake River, is a free-lance writer and editor of the Sierra Club’s Northwest Chapter newsletter, the Northwest Conifer, aswellas chairman of the Red Buttes Wilderness Council. He is currently at work on a major history of the Hells Canyon region.
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Auchincloss, Louis
A frequent writer for American Heritage, Louis Auchincloss was a lawyer, novelist, historian, and essayist. He is best known for his finely wrought novels exploring the private lives of America's East Coast patrician class (especially the world of Wall Street bankers, lawyers and stockbrokers). His dry, ironic works of fiction continued the tradition of Henry James and E
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Augur, Helen
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Auletta, Ken
Ken Auletta is a regular contributor to the The New Yorker . His most recent book, The Underclass , has just been published by Random House.
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Ault, Phillip H.
Phillip H. Ault is associate editor of the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune and the author of, among other works, a book on the opening of communications to the West entitled Wires West (Dodd, Mead, 1974).
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Avery, Gillian
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Axtell, James
James Axtell is a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago. A professor of early North American history, he has taught at Yale and at Sarah Lawrence.
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Ayers, Edward L.
Edward L. Ayers has served as the president of the University of Richmond since 2007, having previously served as the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at University of Virginia. In 2007, Ayers completed a 15th anniversary of The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction. This essay appears
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Azoy, A. C. m.
A graduate of Princeton University, Colonel A. C. M. Azoy retired from the Army in 1951 after serving in both world wars. His assignments included chief of the Occupational History Branch of the Army's Office of Chief Historian serving in Germany. The books he wrote include Paul Revere’s Horse,
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