Walter Karp

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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.

Articles by this Contributor

December 1980

What happened when the richest man in America decided to collect one of everything

February/March 1980

The fallout-shelter craze of 1961

August/september 1981

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

April/may 1982

How a brave and gifted woman defied her parents and her background to create the splendid collection that is Shelburne

August/September 1982

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.

April/may 1983

She was the first whaleship ever sunk by her prey. But that’s not why she’s remembered.

April/may 1983

How a shy millionaire’s peculiar genius transformed his “country place” into an unparalleled showcase of American furnishings