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Thomas W. Pew, Jr., a free-lance writer living in Tucson, Arizona, has contributed regularly to such publications as Smithsonian Magazine, The Nation, The Progressive , and Defenders of Wildlife .
Mr. Phifer’s interest in Sam Davis began in grade school, when he read a poem about the Confederacy’s boy hero. “In 1947 it all came alive again,” he writes, “when I joined the staff of the Nashville Tennesseean as copy editor and book reviewer and found myself in Sam Davis territory.” He helped institute the pageant which now takes place an
Nathaniel Philbrick is a National Book Award winner and author most recently of The Last State: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Viking 2010) and Mayflower: A Story of Carnage, Community, and War
—Among Cynthia Owen Philip’s books are Wilderstein and the Suckleys: A Hudson River Legacy and Imprisoned in America: 1776 Through Attica.
Cabell Phillips, the son-in-law of union leader Frank Keeney, retired in 1972 after twenty-seven years on the Washington staff of the New York Times . His most recent book, tentatively titled The Forties: Decade of Triumph and Trouble , is scheduled to be published this fall by Macmilla
Mr. Auchincloss is both a novelist and a practicing lawyer as well as president of the Museum of the City of New Tork. His newest book, called Second Chance, Tales of Two Generations , will be issued in the autumn by the Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston.
John A. Phillips, who is with the History of Consciousness program at the University of California in Santa Cruz, teaches in the field of religious studies.
Maj. Robert Pierce, USAF (ret.), flew 160 combat missions in New Guinea. He has written and illustrated more than twenty children’s books and an as yet unpublished novel about World War II in Australia and New Guinea.
Robert E. Pike is now a writer and professor, but his respect for rivermen comes from first-hand knowledge. As a young man, he worked in various New England lumber camps. This article is based on a chapter of his Tall Trees, Tough Men , to be published this month by W. W. Norton.
Mr. Pitz is the author of nine books on the subject of illustration, and his own art appears in over 160 additional volumes. A resident of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Chadds Ford, he is, in his own words, “an old friend of the Wyeths, father, children, and grandchildren.”
Nina Ascoly is an American writer and researcher. Bart Plantenga, half-Dutch, half-Frisian, is a novelist and radio disk jockey. Both live in Amsterdam.
Mr. Plowden is a New York free-lance photographer with a fine eye for vanishing Americana. This article is adapted from his new book, Farewell to Steam, just published by the Stephen Greene Press. The farewell is to locomotives as well as steamboats.
Sir John Harold Plumb (1911–2001) was a preeminent historian who wrote primarily on the 18th century and authored 35 books. At the start of World War II, he left Cambridge University to work at the top secret Bletchley Park facility, where he headed a section working on a German Naval hand cipher, Reservehandverfahren. After the War he became a Fellow of Christ's College at Cambridge, and was
The author is a professional writer and photographer living in Ireland.
Frederik Pohl’s science fiction has won virtually all the awards in the field, among them the prestigious Nebula (twice) and the Hugo (six times). He made two trips to the Soviet Union for his recently published novel, Chernobyl , which is not, alas, science fiction.
A screenwriter and novelist, Darryl Pumcsan is the author of Cinderella Liberty, The Last Detail , and Tom Mix Died for Your Sins .
Victoria Pope is the deputy editor of National Geographic magazine and its chief editor for text. Before joining National Geographic in November 2005, she was the executive editor for U.S. News and World Report. Her positions in editing and magazine management followed more than a decade as a foreign correspondent in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Russia. Victoria is the author of a forthcom
Bruce D. Porter teaches political science at Brigham Young University. The themes in this article are expanded on in his book War and the Rise of the State: The Military Foundations of Modern Politics , published this year by the Free Press.
—Gerald Posner is the author of Case Closed: Lee Harvey and the Assassination of JFK and Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Robert C. Post is president of the Society for the History of Technology and the author of Street Railways and the Growth of Los Angeles (Golden West Books, 1989).
E. Alexander Powell has been a foreign service officer and long-time writer for such magazines as Harper’s, the Atlantic, and the old Scribner’s; he has written 33 books. In preparing this article he was aided by Brooke Hindle, associate professor of history at New York University,who has just published The Pursuit of Scien
Arthur Prager was the planning and operations officer of the Mayor’s Emergency Control Board in New York City during the 1980s. He authored three book: The Mahogany Tree: A History of Punch (1978), Underhanded Backgammon(1977) and World War II Resistance Stories (1984).
Mary Cable, formerly an editor of AMERICAN HERITAGE , is a free-lance writer and author of many books; Annabelle Prager, whoKe aunt was related to Jefferson Monroe Levy, is a writer and illustrator of children’s books.
Ivan E. Prall, who managed an engineering laboratory for General Electric in his hometown, is now writing in his retirement.
Roger T. Pray has worked as a prison psychologist, a director of a halfway house for prisoners, and a probation agent. He is currently a researcher with the Utah Department of Corrections.
Jane Freddy is an architectural writer and historian in New York City. She is working on a book on Eberson.
William S. Pretzer is the Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and Culture. He previously taught history at Central Michigan University and served as the curator for the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Michigan, where the Rosa Parks bus is displayed in the "With Liberty a
Henry F. Pringle, formerly a distinguished New York newspaperman and professor of journalism at Columbia University, is now a contributor to several national magazines. This article, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography , is used by permission of the author and Harcourt, Brace and Compa
Carmine A. Prioli is in the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His article “The Ursuline Outrage” appeared in our February/March 1982 issue.
Carmine Prioli’s article on the World War II Japanese balloon-bomb campaign appeared in the April/May 1982 issue.
Elizabeth Brown Pryor is a State Department diplomat and noted Civil War era author. In 2008, Pryor was awarded the Lincoln Prize for Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters.
John J. Pullen (1914-2003) was a noted military history author and journalist. Best known for his 1957 book, The Twentieth Maine: A Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War, his writing helped renew popular interest in the Civil War. A veteran himself, Pullen served as a field artilley captain during World War II. John J. Pullen passed away at his
In her job as a member of the staff of the National Archives, Dr. Purdy arranged an exhibit on the “art” of diplomacy in 1971, and this article grew out of that exhibit. She was assisted in her research by her colleagues Dr. Edith James Blendon and the late Thomas M. Power.
Merlo John Pusey (1902 – 1985) wrote the 1951 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Supreme Court Justice, Charles Evans Hughes. He also authored The Supreme Court Crisis and Eisenhower, the President. From 1928 to 1971, Pusey worked for the Washington Post as an associate editor.
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Carin C. Quinn received her master’s degree in American studies from California State University at Los Angeles in 1976; she now attends Neiv York University.
Peter Quinn joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner in 2007. He received a B.A. from Manhattan College in 1969, an M.A. in history from Fordham University in 1974 and completed all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa, by Manhattan College in 2002. His 1994 novel
David Rapp has written about history for American Heritage, Technology Review, and Out. He has a degree in film from New York University.
W. B. Ragsdale was a working reporter for forty-nine years. He is retired now and working on a book on modern political history, much of which he saw in the making.
Charles W. Ramsdell, Jr. (1909-1973) was the son of noted historian Charles W. Ramsdell and Susanna Griffith Ramsdell. Ramsdell attended the University of Texas and traveled extensively in Mexico before working as a historian for the National Park Service. Ramsdell published a highly-regarded guidebook, San Antonio, a Historical and Pictorial Guide, in 1959 and updated it in 1968.
Willard Sterne Randall, the Distinguished Scholar in History at Champlain College, has written twelve books. Between his careers as an author and investigative journalist, Randall received the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Hillman Prize, the Loeb Award and three Pulitzer Prize nominations.
Wife of the late James G. Randall, Ruth Painter Randall was present at the 1947 opening of the Lincoln Papers in Springfield. The above article is a chapter from Lincoln’s Sons , to be published by Little, Brown and Co. in 1956. Mrs. Randall is now working on a third volume on the Lincoln family.
William Peirce Rondel’s account of the General Slocum disaster appeared in the October/November 1979 issue.
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Jim Rasenberger is an author and journalist who specializes in modern American history. He has published America, 1908: The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T, and the Making of a Modern Nation in 2007, and his next book, The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, will be released in April 2011. Ras
Dan Rather is a world-renowned journalism and the former managing editor and anchor of “CBS Evening News.”
Selma Rattner, who has a master’s degree in preservation from Columbia University, is currently working on a biography of the architect James Renwick (1818-95).
—Diane Ravitch is a Brookings Institution senior fellow, a professor of educational history at New York University, and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.
—Robert Previdi writes about military and political subjects.
Saunders Redding is the head of the English Department at Hampton Institute in Virginia and the author of several books. This article is adapted from his most recent work, The Lonesome Road , in Doubleday’s “Mainstream of America” series. COPYRIGHT © 1958 BY SAUNDERS REDDING
Richard Reeves is a writer, columnist, and Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He has written many presidential biographies including President Kennedy: Profile of Power, which was honored by Time magazine as the Best Non-Fiction Book of 1993, Presiden
William H. Rehnquist (1924-2005) was Chief Justice of the United States and author of All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Originally appointed to the Supreme Court by President Nixon, Rehnquist served from 1972 to 2005.
—Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.
Lester A. Reingold’s article on time capsules appeared in the November 1999 issue.
—Richard Reinhardt is a San Francisco novelist and social historian.
M Edwin O. Reischauer is a former U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Robert V. Remini served as Historian of the United State House of Representatives from 2005 until his retirement in 2010. Remini, winner of the 1984 National Book Award for Andrew Jackson: Volume 3, The Course of American Democracy, 1833–1845 (Harper & Row), currently is Professor of History Emeritus of the Unive
At age 70, Mildred Renaud took a creative-writing class in the adult-education program at the high school in Briarcliff Manor, New York, For class assignments she started writing an account of her childhood in Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas at the beginning of this century. Her teacher, impressed with the vividness of her memory and the charm and authenticity of her presentation, suggested that s
Edward J. Renehan, Jr.’s biography of the robber baron Jay Gould will be published by Perseus in 2005.
Andrés Reséndez is a noted Spanish and English author and historian who also serves as a Professor of History at the University of California-Davis. A native of Mexico City, Reséndez moved to the United States to begin his graduate studies at the University of Chicago. He specializes in Southwest American history and also studies the effect of state power and economic and l
Daniel Resneck is an Indiana businessman and a student of American folklore and social history.
Robert L. Reynolds, an editor of American Heritage for 13 years, was named managing editor in 1963. In 1970 Mr. Reynolds joined the Reader's Digest, working primarily with the magazine's condensed book volumes. He died in 1981 after a long illness. He was 57 years old and lived in Ossining, N.Y.
Sidney O. Reynolds, who operates a dude ranch near his birthplace in Cora, Wyoming, first learned about Washakie from his father, who knew the old chief, and later from Washakie’s last-surviving son, Charlie. Mr. Reynolds is now at work on a study of Captain Benjamin L. E. Bonneville and his western fur-trading adventures in the 1830’s.
Gary Reynolds, curator of paintings and sculpture at the Newark Museum, acted as guest curator for the current Wiles exhibition.
Mark C. Reynolds is an author, reporter and editorial writer for the Southern Ulster Times, living in New York’s Hudson Valley. His credits and awards are at http://markcreynolds.com/about.html
Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; an investigation of the roots of private violence, Why They Kill
On Trial was, of course, only the first of many successful plays by Elmer Rice. Among others have been The Adding Machine , Dream Girl, and Street Scene, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929. At present he is working on a new play —“not far enough along to be talked about.”
Edgar P. Richardson has been director of two noted museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the H. F. du Pont Winterthur Museum, and is the author of many books on American and European art. Actire in the affairs oj many institutions, he is a resident of Philadelphia and a member of the American Philosophical Society (like Thomas Say, at left). He bec
Donna Richardson, an associate professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is the author of many articles on romantic poetry, especially that of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and of a book on teaching poetry: Visual Paraphrasing of Poetry (University Press of America).
Elinor Richey, author of several books on period architecture, lives in Berkeley, California. This article is adapted from her forthcoming book on noted American women.
A student at Harvard Law School, Roberts S. Rifkind is the author of a previos article in AMERICAN HETITAGE . “The Colonel’s Dream of Power,” a study of Edward House’s little-remembered venture into fiction, Philip Dru.
Mr. Riggan, affiliated with the Great Books Foundation in Chicago, has been a film buff ever since the day he auditioned for M.G.M. as a boy soprano. He didn’t get the role.
Steven Rinella is a freelance writer living in Missoula, Montana.
Paul E. Rink was for some years a ship’s engineer and later was employed by the State Department in Panama. He is currently a writer of television documentaries and lives in Monterey, California. For further reading: Yankee Stargazer , by Robert Elton Berry (McGraw-Hill, 1941);
Carol E. Rinzler, an attorney with the New York law firm of Rembar & Curtis, is a collector of the work of early twentieth-century illustrators.
John W. Ripley, the publication director of the Shawnee County (Kansas) Historical Society, has been collecting song slides for twenty years.
Charles R. Ritcheson, now Lovell Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Southern California, served as Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in London during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.
Peggy Robbins’s article on the Wesleys in Georgia ran in the April/May 1984 issue of American Heritage.
Mr. Roberts, who teaches history at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, is currently writing a book about the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.
David Roberts is the author of seventeen books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. In addition to writing for American Heritage, he has written for National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly.
The late Archie Robcrtson, a frequent and delightful contributor to both AMERICAN HERITAGE and HORIZON, was in recent years an editor of The Lamp. He was the author of a number of books, of which Slow Train to Yesterday is a hard-to-find classic, the finest book on American railroads. For further reading: Staten Island and Its
Deane Robertson, a former newsman, teaches journalism at California State University, Sacramento. Peggy Robertson is a part-time researcher and editor.