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Coming Up In American Heritage

March 2023
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The day the world changed

The bombs that fell on Pearl Harbor did more than destroy America’s battleship navy; they put an end to an era of American history and blew open a new one. Richard Ketchum’s fascinating survey of what happened on December 7, 1941, begins not in Hawaii but in a sleeping Washington, D.C., and follows the long day as it unfolded for a score of Americans whose lives it would forever change, from college students to President Roosevelt.

The wimp factor

A year ago Americans were watching a presidential campaign in which two perfectly sturdy contenders—one a war hero—had to go through increasingly grotesque postures to show they were tough as hell. When did Americans get the idea that their Chief Executive had to be as macho as John Wayne? Bruce Curtis goes to the historical record and finds that the posturing began at least a century before the Duke was born.

A Connecticut Yankee in hell

Justin Kaplan looks at the book that many regard as Mark Twain’s lighthearted historical fable and finds it a tormented indictment of the Industrial Revolution in particular and the human race in general.


Humble tintypes provide an eloquent portrait of working America a century ago … the latest in our series on American house styles: the Gothic Revival … and, in keeping with the bounty of the Thanksgiving season, more.

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Stories published from "September/October 1989"

Authored by: Avis Berman

American art was hardly more than a cultural curiosity in the early years of this century. Now it is among the world’s most influential, and much of the credit belongs to a self-made woman named Juliana Force.

Authored by: Robert Bendiner

A lifelong baseball fan recalls his early days and explains the rewards of abject loyalty

Authored by: The Editors

A History of America’s Civil Rights Movement

Authored by: The Editors

The Development of Jazz, 1930–1945

Authored by: Geoffrey C. Ward

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s honeymoon was a lavish grand tour through a sunny, hospitable Europe. It was also filled with signs of the mutual bafflement that would one day embitter their marriage.

Authored by: Robert L. O’connell

The urge to move documents as fast as possible has always been a national pre-occupation, because it has always been a necessity. Fax and Federal Express are just the latest among many innovations for getting the message across.

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