Spring 2011

Volume 61
Issue 1

Features 

Strict codes of conduct marked the relationships of early American Politicians, often leading to duels, brawls, and other—sometimes fatal—violence

Artifacts pulled from the wreck of Blackbeard's flagship Queen Anne's Revenge offer a glimpse into the bloody decades of the early 18th century, when pirates ruled the Carolina coast

Young, naive, and irrepressible, a turn-of-the-20th-century Iowa teacher documented her coming of age in letters home

After assassinating President Garfield, a lunatic gunman mounted an insanity defense, which the jury--and the nation--rejected despite compelling evidence to the contrary

Civil War Chronicles 

American Heritage expands its Civil War coverage as the sesquicentennial begins

The nation's leading authority on the conflict explains why the Civil War still fascinates us

March 4, 1861
April 11-14, 1861
April 19, 1861