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Coming Up In American Heritage …

March 2023
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A pumpkin and a typewriter …

In an excerpt from her forthcoming biographical study, Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character —completed shortly before her death this winter…the late historian Fawn Brodie unravels the extraordinary psychological and evidentiary tangle that bound Nixon, Alger Hiss, and Whittaker Chambers together in one of the most sensational spy trials in our history—and set Nixon on the road to the Presidency.

An airplane in every garage …

Ever since the Wright brothers successfully defied gravity in 1903, the notion of “the family car of the air” has been a recurring—and often hilarious—dream of aerial entrepreneurs who have devised everything from auto-gyros to “aero-cars” in an attempt to persuade Americans to become sky commuters. Being sensible folk, as author Joseph J. Corn points out in his article, most Americans have resisted the impulse.

An American perspective …

In October of this year, the National Gallery in Washington, D. C.—with the cooperation of the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—will begin a major show of what has been described as “the finest private collection in the country of nineteenth-century art.” It is entitled “An American Perspective,” and in an exclusive preview, we offer an extensive color portfolio of some of the most evocative of the show’s paintings.

Plus …

The remarkable exploits of a country boy called Sergeant York; the first American cookbook; how the game of tennis became the business of tennis; the re-creation of Williamsburg, Virginia; and a good deal more, all of it richly illustrated.

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Stories published from "June/July 1981"

Authored by: Norman Brouwer

A Photographic Portfolio

Authored by: Bernard A. Weisberger


Authored by: The Editors

Three Hundred Years of Medicine in America: The Artists’ View

Authored by: John M. Taylor

A century ago a President’s murderer went on trial for the first time in our history. The issues raised then continue to trouble us.

Authored by: Edmund Morris

For TR, the nation s highest office was never a burden; he loved the job, and Americans loved him for loving it

Authored by: The Editors

A haunting portfolio of newly discovered Civil War photographs

The sexual habits of American women, examined half a century before Kinsey

Authored by: The Editors

America Enters the Age of Nuclear Power

Authored by: Larry L. Meyer

U-Boom on the Colorado Plateau

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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.