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March 2023
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A cooling effect …

In the first nine months of 1983 Americans spent $9.5 billion to air-condition their homes, offices, and factories. It all began with an idea that came to Willis Carrier in 1902, an idea that effected a total transformation in the way we live now. Robert Friedman tells the amazing story.

The court-martial of Jackie Robinson …

Jules Tygiel reports on what happened when a black lieutenant in the United States Army refused to sit in the back of the bus.

The wall of separation …

Just what did the Founding Fathers mean by the First Amendment? What has the Supreme Court said they meant about the relationship of church and state? The historian Richard Morris finds some surprising answers.

The Gilded Age …

In our “What’s Happening in History” feature, Prof. H. Wayne Morgan takes a new look at the stereotypes and the gilt of the Gilded Age.

Plus …

Emily Beck, latest in a long line of editors of Bartlett’s Quotations , explains how this great work was born and how it became the most popular reference work in the English-speaking world. … Peter Andrews on the American army helmet which, for very good reasons, tends to make our forces look like the Wehrmacht. … In addition to all this, the eye will feast on the folk art produced by the dawn of the railroads and on some splendid treasures from our National Archives. And that is, by no means, all.

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Stories published from "June/july 1984"

Authored by: The Editors

“We do not ordinarily mean to involve ourselves, as historians, in the incomplete events of any given moment,” wrote the editors of this magazine in 1974. But they saw the Watergate cover-up as “an assault on history itself.” Now, ten years after Richard M. Nixon was forced to resign his office rather than submit to impeachment, we have asked two eminent authors to reconsider the events of that incredible summer.

Authored by: Walter Karp

In which a President fails to fulfill his constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” And a reluctant Congress acts.

Authored by: Vance Bourjaily

A sometime “Nixon-hater” looks back on Watergate and discovers that his glee of a decade ago has given way to larger, sadder, and more generous emotions

Authored by: Jerome Tarshis

Turn-of-the-century American painters came to Venice for its ancient splendors and pearly light. In a few years they captured its canals, palaces, and people in a spirit of gentle modernism that looks better than ever.

Authored by: James Marston Fitch

In designing, the University of Virginia, Jefferson sought not only to educate young men for leadership, but to bring aesthetic maturity to the new nation

Authored by: William L. Shirer

In 1938 the European correspondent for CBS was in Austria when the Nazis marched in. He wanted to tell the world about it—but first he had to help invent a whole new kind of broadcasting.

Authored by: Robert B. Brown

It was a difficult birth, but it looks as if the child will live forever

Authored by: The Editors

From the North Woods to New Orleans with an artist-reporter of the last century

Authored by: Frederick Allen

After standing in New York Harbor for nearly one hundred years, this thin-skinned but sturdy lady needs a lot of attention. She’s getting it- from a crack team of French and American architects and engineers.

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