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“christmas Heritage” A Television Gift From Us To You

March 2023
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We are pleased to announce that American Heritage Publishing Company, in association with WGBHTV, Boston, will present a special hour-long program for the holiday season. It is called “Christmas Heritage” and will include several unusual, highly personal views of the Christmas season in America: Oliver Jensen, former editor of this magazine, will show a selection of delightful and complicated antique toys and trace the surprising evolution of Santa Claus; N. Scott Momaday, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of House Made of Dawn , will take us on a visit to the Navaho Indians of the Canyon de Chelly for the traditional winter storytelling; Alistair Cooke will show us how the movies have celebrated Christmas through the years; and Paul Engle will narrate a dramatization of his own “An Iowa Christmas,” a warm childhood memoir that has been a Christmas classic since it first appeared in our pages in December, 1957.

“Christmas Heritage,” which is made possible by a grant from the Sun Company, will appear on the PBS network twice—once on the evening of Thursday, December 21, and again on Christmas Eve. Consult local lightings for the exact time in your area.

We hope you enjoy our work.

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Stories published from "December 1978"

Authored by: The Editors

“Viewed purely in the abstract, I think there can be no question that women should have equal rights with men …I would have the word ‘obey’ used no more by the wife than by the husband.”

Authored by: Carol Lynn Yellin

The hour-by-hour suspenseful story of the climactic struggle for equal voting rights for women

The Woman’s Anti-Suffrage Movement

Authored by: Maxine Hong Kingston

A View From the Other Side of Arnold Genthe’s Camera

Authored by: James Royal Ladd

A newly discovered Union diary shows that Sherman’s march was about as Ruthless as Southerners have always said it was

Authored by: Richard Rhodes

“Surveyor, mountain man, soldier, businessman, wanderer, captain of emigrants, farmer…he was himself the westward-moving frontier.”

Authored by: The Editors

St. Paul Celebrates the Pleasures of Winter

Authored by: John A. Garraty

Being out of work in the old days usually brought shame and humiliation. How—and why—have we changed our feelings about unemployment?

Authored by: Paul Engle

A writer’s poignant memoir of a people whom he had been taught to fear and learned to love in a time of trouble

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