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Paul G. Labadie is a writer based in Detroit. For information about Alamo Village, call 210-563-2580.

Labadie, Paul G.
Ladd, James Royal is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Ladd, James Royal

Lawrence Lader, who has written widely on history, is currently at work on a study, as yet unfilled, of radical movements in the United States since 1946. This article is based on material from the book,

Lader, Lawrence

Gavin Lambert is a Hollywood screenwriter and author of Natalie Wood: A Life .

Lambert, Gavin

James Lamont, Jr., is a freelance writer now living in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois.

Lamont,, James M.

Paul Lancaster’s article on the life and times of the American motel appeared in the June/July issue.

Lancaster, Paul

Marc Lancaster is a Senior Editor for The Sporting News. He has been a reporter and editor for a variety of print and media outlets including the Washington Times, AOL, Tampa Tribune, and Cincinnati Post. He

Lancaster, Marc
Lander, David is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Lander, David
Lang, Chester H. is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Lang, Chester H.

Philip Langdon, a senior editor of Progressive Architecture , is the author of A Better Place to Live: Reshaping the American Suburb .

Langdon, Philip
Langenbach, Randolph is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Langenbach, Randolph

Mr Laning, the well-known muralist, contributed to our pages “Memoirs of a WPA Painter” (October, 1970) and “Spoon River Revisited” (June, 1971). His recent book, The Act of Drawing , was published by McGraw

Laning, Edward

Jack Larkin is Chief Historian at Old Sturbridge Village. This article is adapted from his new book The Reshaping of Everyday Life in the United States, 1790-1840, published by Harper & Row.

Larkin, Jack

Charles J. LaRocca is a retired high school and college level history teacher who founded a student research and reenactment group based on the 124th New York. He has published articles and two books and lives

Larocca, Charles

Harold A. Larrabee is Ichabod Spencer Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Union College, Schenectady. One of his articles in AMERICAN HERITAGE, “ A Near Thing at Yorktown ” (October, 1961), is to be

Larrabee, Harold A.

Cedric A. Larson was a Stanford graduate and veteran of the Navy. He is the co-author of Words That Won the War; an examination of the papers of the Creel "Committee on Public Information."

Larson, Cedric A.

Edward J. Larson is the author of seven books and the recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion

Larson, Edward

Robert Larson, who lives in Hollywood, has had a varied career as artist, scene designer, journalist, motion-picture animator, and studio executive. In recent years he has devoted himself to scholarly

Larson, Robert

—From Miss Sullivan’s letter written that next day

Lash, Joseph P.

Abraham H. Lass, who died in 2001 at the age of 93, was an educator and writer whose books, articles and 40 years as an unorthodox teacher and outspoken principal made him one of the New York City school system

Lass, Abraham

Clarence J. Laughlin, a writer-photographer who lives in New Orleans, has had his Louisiana plantation material exhibited in over sixty museums and university art galleries throughout the U. S.; some of it

Laughlin, Clarence John
Lavender, David is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Lavender, David

Steven F. Lawson is an associate professor of history at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Black Ballots: Voting Rights in the South, 1944-1969 .

Lawson, Steven F.
Layne, Elizabeth N. is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Layne, Elizabeth N.

Formerly in the educational department of Houghton Mifflin, Mr. Le Roy is now Director of the Washington State Historical Society. He is preparing a book, entitled In Search of History , which will include a

Le Roy, Bruce

“History has always been a principal interest of mine,” says Mr. Leach, “and I have more or less concentrated on colonial America.” A retired businessman, he is now a resident of Nutley, New Jersey.

Leach, Frederic B.

Historian Linda Lear is the author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature (Houghton Mifflin) and Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature (2007). She also edited Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (

Lear, Linda

Tom LeCompte is a writer at Air and Space magazine who authored The Last Sure Thing: The Life and Times of Bobby Riggs in 2003. LeCompte's articles have been published in The Economist, Popular Science, and

LeCompte, Tom

Jane Mersky Leder is currently writing a book about love, sex, and World War II; you can reach her to share your own wartime experience at .

Leder, Jane Mersky

These definitions were drawn from A Glossary of Colonial American Words by Richard M. Lederer, Jr.

Lederer, Richard M.

A Connecticut Yankee by birth, W. Storrs Lee is a free-lance writer who now “commutes” between homes in Maine and in Hawaii. He wrote Yankees of Connecticut (1957), Great California Deserts (1963), and

Lee, W. Storrs

Derek Leebaert is an author and technology executive who has written several books on American history and the military. His works include Fifty-Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Shapes Our World (2002

Leebaert, Derek


Leech, Margaret

Sandra Leff is director of research at the Graham Gallery in New York City.

Leff, Sandra

A steady contributor to American Heritage, David Lehman has written both poetry and nonfiction books. He edited The Oxford Book of American Poetry and helped found The Best American Poetry, an annual collection

Lehman, David

—John Lehman, Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, has just published On Seas of Glory , a history of the U.S. Navy.

Lehman, John

Godfrey D. Lehman (1916-2010) was a salesman and journalist whose passion was the jury system. In 1997, he authored the book We the Jury: The Impact of Jurors on Our Basic Freedoms : Great Jury Trials of

Lehman, Godfrey D.

Besides writing about early American cooking, Ann Leighton also grows some of its ingredients in the seventeenthcentury garden of the John Whipple House, Ipswich, Massachusetts, just declared a National

Leighton, Ann

ChrisTina Leimer, author of the Web site The Tombstone Traveller’s Guide , writes and lectures on American funeral practices. For more information on Hollywood Forever Cemetery, call 323-469-1181.

Leimer, Christina

Nicholas Lemann has been the Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia School of Journalism since 2003. Lemann began his journalism career as a 17-year-old writer for an alternative weekly newspaper

Lemann, Nicholas

MARK EDWARD LENDER is Professor Emeritus of History at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and the coauthor of A Respectable Army and Citizen Soldier. He coauthored with Garry Wheeler Stone 

Lender, Mark Edward

Edward G. Lengel is a historian in residence at Colonial Williamsburg, and previously served as Chief Historian of The White House Historical Association. Before that, Lengel was Editor-in-Chief of The Papers

Lengel, Edward G.

Novelist, essayist, and professor of English at McGill University in Montreal, Hugh MacLennan has five times won the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer prize. He is best known in

Lennan, Hugh Mac

Born in Toronto, Michael Lennick is a documentary filmmaker who has written and directed film and television series on space travel and technology for over 25 years. He is currently president and CEO of

Lennick, Michael

Thomas C. Leonard, an assistant professor of history at Columbia University, has recently completed work on a book entitled Above the Battle: War Making in America from Appomattox to Versailles . This article

Leonard, Thomas C.

John Leonard is the television critic for New York magazine. This essay was adapted from Smoke and Mirrors: Violence, Television and Other American Cultures , just published by the New Press.

Leonard, John

Aldo Leopold was an American ecologist, forester, and environmentalist. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac, which has sold over two million

Leopold, Aldo

Edward E. Leslie is the author of Desperate Journeys, Abandoned Souls: True Stories of Castaways and Other Survivors . His Quantrill biography is forthcoming from Random House.

Leslie, Edward E.
Lesy, Michael is member for American Heritage site since 2011.
Lesy, Michael

William E. Leuchtenburg, a prominent 20th century historian, is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has won the Bancroft and Parkman

Leuchtenburg, William E.

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