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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 this Contributor

Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said. 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 >>