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Walter Karp


Walter Karp (1934-1989), was a long-time contributor to American Heritage. A journalist and historian, Karp wrote on the Founding Fathers, the Western movement, and the American political movements. His most famous work, The Politics of War: The Story of Two Wars Which Altered Forever the Political Life of the American Republic, was published in 1979.

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How Creek Indian number 1501 repaid a debt Read >>
When Pierre S. du Pont bought the deteriorated Longwood Gardens in 1906, he thought that owning property was a sign of mental derangement. Still, he worked hard to create a stupendous fantasy garden, a place, he said, “where I can entertain my friends.” Read >>
Stempel’s winning technique was simplicity itself: He got all the questions in advance. Read >>
The early critics of television predicted the new medium would make Americans passively obedient to the powers that be. But they badly underestimated us. Read >>
The vast jumble of objects that once brought solace to an eccentric heiress has become a great museum of the middle class Read >>
When the President fired the general, civilian control of the military faced its severest test in our history Read >>
In which a President fails to fulfill his constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” And a reluctant Congress acts. Read >>
She was the first whaleship ever sunk by her prey. But that’s not why she’s remembered. Read >>
How a shy millionaire’s peculiar genius transformed his “country place” into an unparalleled showcase of American furnishings A HERITAGE PRESERVED Read >>
How a brave and gifted woman defied her parents and her background to create the splendid collection that is Shelburne Read >>
In reconstructing the past, Old Sturbridge Village is doing a lot more than selling penny candy and buggy rides. Struggling for verisimilitude, curators are raising scrawny chickens, trudging behind 150-year-old plows—and keeping pesticides out of the orchards. Read >>
How the happy combination of a millionaire and, a parson gave us Colonial Williamsburg, a place of surpassing loveliness—and a continuing reminder of what a truly bold enterprise our Revolution was Read >>
What happened when the richest man in America decided to collect one of everything Read >>

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