February/March 1998

Volume 49
Issue 1

Features 

Save for the Civil War, what occurred after a carpenter glimpsed a flash of yellow 150 years ago was the biggest story of the nineteenth century. RICHARD REINHARDT examines what we think we know (and don’t) about the people who made it happen.

Anonymous

A stereo view discovered in a California flea market may show the President-elect embarked on a momentous journey

Have Americans slid backward since the sunny, prosperous years after World War II, as so many feel? To find out, an English-born historian compares our recent past with earlier times, and in the process learns something about our likely course into the next century.

He showed the way to the future and then was stranded there, at odds even with his own aesthetic sensibility

In attempting to tell the story of our century by retrieving the subtlest nuances of the past, a historian makes an audacious foray into a new sort of literature

February/March 1998

Departments 

HISTORY HAPPENED HERE

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

MY BRUSH WITH HISTORY

THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA

THE TIME MACHINE