From the Archives
The West the railroads made
The Big Ditch had so far been a colossal flop, and Teddy Roosevelt desperately needed an engineering genius who could take over the job and "make the dirt fly." The answer was not the famous Goethals, but a man whom history has forgotten.
Banker J. P. Morgan rescued the dollar and bailed out the nation
The unexpected consequences of J. P. Morgan's deal to create U.S. Steel, which controlled 60% of the US market, have vibrated through every decade
As a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt's attention to nature and love of animals were much in evidence, characteristics that would later help form his strong conservationist platform as president
For years it was seen as the worst of times: bloated, crass, witlessly extravagant. But now scholars are beginning to find some of the era's unexpected virtues