Tempers flare and violence reigns in the pre–Civil War battleground of Kansas
A LIFELONG FASCINATION with the stories of a famous pioneering family finally drove the writer to South Dakota in hopes of better understanding the prairie life Laura Ingalls Wilder lived there and later gave to the world.
Drawn to the story of the fearsome Confederate raider by a modern act of violence, the author finds a strange epic in the Rebel’s restless remains
They were the first black men to fight in the Civil War. They were the first to serve alongside whites. And they were the first to die.
A small but dependable pleasure of travel is encountering such blazons of civic pride as “Welcome to the City of Cheese, Chairs, Children, and Churches!”
Dan Patch never lost a race. But that’s not how he made his owner a multi-millionaire. America’s best-loved horse was also perhaps the most shrewdly marketed animal of all time.
It began with a few people trying to get hamburgers from grill to customer quicker and cheaper. Now it’s changed the way Americans live. And whether you like it or hate it, once you get on the road you’ll eat it.
Within the city’s best-known landmarks and down its least-visited lanes stand surprisingly vivid mementos of our own national history
The first settlers marked the borders of their lives with simple fences that grew ever more elaborate over the centuries
IT WAS LIKE THIS FOR OUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHERS
An artist recalls his Midwestern home town and the poet who made it famous