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About the Cover; Thanks to our Editorial Assistant

March 2023
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American Heritage cover Sept 2019

The cover image is a 1785 portrait by Gilbert Stuart of the Seneca chief Thayendanegea, better known as Joseph Brant. The same painting appeared on our cover of the September 1952 issue (right). After 65 years, we feel entitled to repeat an image!

The Spring 1952 issue of American Heritage.
The Spring 1952 issue of American Heritage.

Brant is wearing a red and white feathered headdress with black headband ornamented with small silver rings. His red cloak with narrow, darker red stripes and brown fur collar is also decorated with silver rings. He wears a large white shell, an object of ritual significance to the Iroquois. Image courtesy of the British Museum.

Thanks to Matthew Palatnik, our Editorial Assistant, who helped put this issue together. Matthew is a promising young historian and three-time winner of the National History Day competition.

We hope you enjoy our work.

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Stories published from "Fall 2019 - George Washington Prize Books"

Authored by: Colin G. Calloway

Native American peoples and the lands they possessed loomed large for Washington, from his first trips westward as a surveyor to his years as President.

Authored by: Catherine Kerrison

Jefferson had children with his wife, Martha, and with his mistress and slave, Sally Hemings, but these children lived very different lives.

Authored by: Joyce Lee Malcolm

While Arnold is a villain in the eyes of most Americans, he was considered the most brilliant officer on either side of the Revolutionary War. Why would he commit a crime so inexcusable?

Authored by: Nathaniel Philbrick

Largely overlooked in histories of the Revolution, the Battle of the Chesapeake is in fact one of the most important naval engagements in history, leading to the American victory at Yorktown.

Authored by: Russell Shorto

The American War for Independence was part of an international trend -- a new focus on the individual led people to new insights, new proclamations and new assertions of rights.

Authored by: Peter Stark

Ambitious, temperamental, and passionate, George Washington learned the skills in the French & Indian War that laid the groundwork for the great leader that he would one day become.

Authored by: Catherine Kerrison

The complexities of race in early America had deep ramifications for the daughters of one of its most important citizens.

Authored by: Stephen Fried

Rush was a visionary writer and reformer, confidant to John Adams, Washington's surgeon general, and opponent of slavery and prejudice - and yet a lesser-known Founding Father. 

Featured Articles

Famous writers including Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the Alcotts turned Sleepy Hollow Cemetery into our country’s first conservation project.

Native American peoples and the lands they possessed loomed large for Washington, from his first trips westward as a surveyor to his years as President.

In his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln embodied leading in a time of polarization, political disagreement, and differing understandings of reality.

A hundred years ago, America was rocked by riots, repression, and racial violence.

During Pres. Washington’s first term, an epidemic killed one tenth of all the inhabitants of Philadelphia, then the capital of the young United States.

Now a popular state park, the unassuming geological feature along the Illinois River has served as the site of centuries of human habitation and discovery.  

The recent discovery of the hull of the battleship Nevada recalls her dramatic action at Pearl Harbor and ultimate revenge on D-Day as the first ship to fire on the Nazis.

Our research reveals that 19 artworks in the U.S. Capitol honor men who were Confederate officers or officials. What many of them said, and did, is truly despicable.

Here is probably the most wide-ranging look at Presidential misbehavior ever published in a magazine.

When Germany unleashed its blitzkreig in 1939, the U.S. Army was only the 17th largest in the world. FDR and Marshall had to build a fighting force able to take on the Nazis, against the wishes of many in Congress.

Roast pig, boiled rockfish, and apple pie were among the dishes George and Martha enjoyed during the holiday in 1797. Here are some actual recipes.

Born during Jim Crow, Belle da Costa Greene perfected the art of "passing" while working for one of the most powerful men in America.