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Christine Gibson

Christine Gibson is a freelance writer and editor who previously worked as an assistant editor at American Heritage.  After her time at American Heritage, Gibson wrote Extreme Wonders: Natural Disasters in 2007, and Extreme Wonders: Planet Earth, in 2008.

Articles by Christine Gibson

Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said. Read >>
It’s more than just whimsy Read >>
A new museum houses a master’s photographs of how the technology that built America ended Read >>
Milton Hershey built a company town so pleasant it became a tourist attraction Read >>
A ranking of the forty wealthiest Americans of all time (Surprise: Only three of them are alive today) Read >>

"Web only stories" by this contributor

For six years, the specter of defeat had dogged Gen. George Washington’s every thought. As advantage after advantage slipped away, the American coffers dried up, and the most promising general betrayed the Revolution, it looked more and more like Washington and his motley army would lose their… Read more >>
James Meredith, second from right, on June 27, 1966, after rejoining the march. (Bettmann/Corbis)Hit the dirt! The cry came 51 years ago today, at 4:15 p.m. on June 6, 1966, just before three shotgun blasts exploded from the bushes along Highway 51 near Hernando, Mississippi. Two of the rounds… Read more >>
No matter how widely he was hailed as a hero fourteen years earlier, Christopher Columbus was all washed up by the time he died in 1506 (511 years ago this May 20). A sentimental imagining of the explorer's deathbed. Crowds from across Spain lined the streets of Seville in 1493 to welcome him home… Read more >>
Reagan and Gorbachev look dejected after their meeting in Reykjavik. (RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY) When Soviet Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev arrived one minute early at the Hofdi House in Reykjavik, Iceland, nineteen years ago today, President Ronald Reagan was not outside to greet… Read more >>
A landmark of comic art is saved from destruction The newspaper comic is among the most ephemeral of art forms, but for almost 30 years a mural featuring cartoon characters has been lovingly preserved by the owners of a bar in New York City. The longtime showpiece of Costello’s, at 225 East Forty-… Read more >>
A new museum houses a master’s photographs of how the technology that built America ended  Three modes of transportation in one picture—four, if you count submarine racing. (COURTESY OF THE O. WINSTON LINK MUSEUM) Between 1955 and 1960, O. Winston Link made 21 self-financed trips to Maryland,… Read more >>