February 1988

Volume 39
Issue 1

Features 

An astonishing saga of endurance and high courage told by a man who lived through it

It depends on whose interpretation of both history and the current crisis you believe. For one of America’s most prominent supply-side economists, the answer is yes.

The dour radio comedian regarded his work as totally ephemeral, but a new generation of comics has built upon his foundations

He claimed his critics didn’t like his work because it was “too noisy,” but he didn’t care what any of them said. George Luks’s determination to paint only what interested him was his greatest strength—and his greatest weakness.

It’s not surprising that Democrats seek to wrap themselves in the Roosevelt cloak; what’s harder to understand is why so many Republicans do too. A distinguished historian explains.

The United States had promised black soldiers that they would be paid as much as whites. Sergeant Walker believed that promise.

February 1988

Departments 

EDITORS’ BOOKSHELF

HISTORY HAPPENED HERE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

MATTERS OF FACT

THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA

THE TIME MACHINE