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March 2023
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Memoirs of a Kansas homesteader…

Those who obeyed Greeley’s injunction and went west did not always have an easy time of it. On the Kansas prairies in the 187Os the difficulties—drought, plagues of locusts—were of biblical scope. Although many prevailed, many others gave up. This unusual firstperson account tells the story of pioneers who went through it all—and decided it wasn’t worth it.

Fear of the city…

Alfred Kazin traces the symbolic role that the city—as a fact and as an idea—has played in the American consciousness for two hundred years. The dread, he notes, seems to be increasingly well founded.

Three American scholars on three Americans …

John Kenneth Galbraith writes, from a special perspective, on Franklin D. Roosevelt; Jacques Barzun tells how the philosopher-psychologist William James came to choose his career; and Malcolm Cowley remembers, with unblinking clarity, life with his difficult mother.

Plus …

Lincoln was the first President to understand the importance of cooperating with the media, of getting his face before the public. In his day that meant painters and sculptors as well as photographers. The fruits of that cooperation are seen in a particularly handsome pictorial feature. … When an earthquake struck San Francisco in 1906, a studio photographer named J.B. Monaco did what any great photographer would do: he grabbed a small camera, ran outside, and photographed the real world as it disintegrated.… All this and, as always, more.

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Stories published from "December 1982"

Authored by: Adam Smith

The most influential economist in the United States talks about prudence, productivity, and the pursuit of liquidity in the light of the past

Authored by: Robert Bendiner

One man measures his life-span against the length of recorded history and finds tidings of comfort and hope

Authored by: Marcus Cunliffe

Conjectural or speculative history can be a silly game, as in “What if the Roman legions had machine guns?” But this historian argues that to enlarge our knowledge and understanding it sometimes makes very good sense to ask …

Authored by: Ross Anderson

He loved women so much he painted wings on them. After years of neglect, he is now being appreciated.

Authored by: James Dill

A soldier remembers the freezing, fearful retreat down the Korean Peninsula after the Chinese armies smashed across the border

Authored by: Judson Mead

Here is the federal government’s own picture history of our times—and it tells us more than you might think

Authored by: Peter Andrews

But was Louis Moreau Gottschalk America’s first musical genius or simply the purveyor of sentimental claptrap?

Authored by: James Mckinley

How the colossus of the “social expression industry” always manages to say it better than you do

Authored by: Joan Paterson Kerr

From Germany and Switzerland, farmer-potters transplanted their skills to Pennsylvania and produced a distinctive ceramic found nowhere else in America

Authored by: Shirley Abbott

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