Bernard A. Weisberger

Bernard A. Weisberger, distinguished former history professor of Wayne State University and the Universities of Chicago and Rochester, was the associate editor of American Heritage from 1970 to 1972. He recently authored When Chicago Ruled Baseball: The Cubs-White Sox World Series of 1906 (William Morrow 2006), and has also written Reporters for the Union, a study of Civil War newspapermen.

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Five centuries of American hangovers—and the single greatest faux pas in New York City history Read >>
What do the stunning Republican victories in the recent election mean? The answer may lie a century in the past. Read >>
Are racial tendencies immutable? Almost ninety years ago the government spent a lot of money to find out. Read >>
We tend to see the Constitution as permanent and inviolable—but we’re always wild to change it Read >>
A look at the very small group of powerful and effective men who are Gingrich’s truest models Read >>
How the Bureau got those restrictions that so many people today want to see abolished Read >>
Today’s States’ Rights debate is in fact as old as the republic—and not yet as contentious as it got in the 1830s Read >>
Presidents have wanted it since before any of us was born Read >>
The saga of Liberia’s beginnings reflects both America’ humanitarian generosity and its racism Read >>
They had the perfect remedy for the bloated bureaucracy: the civil service Read >>
It’s a politician’s bromide—and it also happens to be a profound truth. No war, no national crisis, has left a greater impress on the American psyche than the successive waves of new arrivals that quite literally built the country. Now that arguments against immigration are rising again, it is well to remember that every single one of them has been heard before. Read >>
The unquiet history of the modern state of Israel has been tied up with the United States from the beginning Read >>
Haiti’s current plight is grimly familiar to anyone with the least knowledge of that country’s past Read >>
The half-remembered Korean conflict was full of surprises, and nearly all of them were unpleasant Read >>
The arguments raging in the current health-care debate have all been heard before Read >>
No Chief Executive has ever made it out of the White House without being scalded Read >>
The emergence of AIDS has added new urgency to the work of an organization that turns eighty this year Read >>
An American Heritage veteran looks at our first year to see what four decades have done to our subject Read >>
The sad lessons of 1919 are eloquent about today’s endlessly wretched situation in the Balkans Read >>
First Ladies have been under fire ever since Albert Gallatin called Abigail Adams “Mrs. President” Read >>
Terrorists armed with high explosives have been busy on our shores lately. America has weathered such attacks before. Read >>
“Ten thousand River Commissions,” wrote Mark Twain, “cannot tame that lawless stream.” But James Eads came close. Read >>
In the 1920s, the Klan expanded by targeting Catholics, Jews, and foreigners as well as blacks. But eventually it collided with fundamental American values. Read >>

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