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The American experience comes alive through writing, outstanding photography & artwork. American History is the leading popular magazine that explores the rich texture of the American experience through engaging writing and outstanding photography and artwork. The magazine’s lively storytelling, thought-provoking essays and more bring America’s past alive in every issue.

American History


The Spirit of '74

Ray Raphael | Published: April 08, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Two years before the Declaration of Independence was written, thousands of militiamen put an end to British rule in Massachusetts

Book Review: The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm
THE BROTHERS: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer (Time Books) In the 1950s President Dwight Eisenhower considered it America's "destiny and duty" to contain the Soviet Union and the scourge of international communism. …

Interview: Melinda Pash, Why is Korea the "Forgotten War"?

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Author Melinda L. Pash explains how Korea came to be America's "forgotten war"

Table of Contents - June 2014 American History

American History | Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Custer keeps the peace in Texas, Hollywood's golden age in 1939, photographs captured by Dorothea Lange, Massachusetts militiamen end British rule in 1774, and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing.

Book Review: The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Gene Seymour | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:23 pm
THE BULLY PULPIT: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster) Here's some of what's in Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest tome: progressive Republicans who insist that the working poor have …

Here Is Where: Caledonia Prison Farm

Andrew Carroll | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:21 pm
A Carolina Moonshiner Helps Win WWII SEVERAL SHOTS SEEMED to come out of nowhere. One bullet whizzed past Sheriff N.H. McGeachy's face, almost nicking his nose, and another clipped Deputy Bill West's ear. McGeachy had seen at least three men …

Table of Contents - April 2014 American History

American History | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Washington cuts loose at dinner party, Herbert Hoover's humanitarian efforts abroad, Hudson River School artist capture a day in the life of a soldier, European mesmerism inspires Americans to think positive, and palaces built of cotton coal and corn in the heartland.

The "Man of Force" Who Saved Belgium

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Before Herbert Hoover became the scapegoat for the Great Depression, he was an international hero who led one of the greatest humanitarian relief efforts in history

'Poor Boy, You're Bound to Die' - Murder Ballads

Published: January 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm
Mississippi John Hurt plays the blues in Washington Square, New York City, in 1965. Hurt first recorded the murder ballad "Louis Collins," likely based on a real event, in 1928. (Bernard Gotfryd/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The text of this article originally …

Peace Presidents on a War Footing

Richard Brookhiser | Published: January 07, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Barack Obama is not the first peace president to find himself ready to go to war

Table of Contents - February 2014 American History

Published: December 02, 2013 at 12:20 pm
The February 2014 issue of American History magazine features articles on Comanche chief Quanah Parker, American folk murder ballads, Peggy Shippen's role in leading Benedict Arnold to treason, Teddy Roosevelt's grandson Kermit's part in overthrowing Iran's elected government, Americans in London and Mission to Moscow's Hollywood propaganda.

'Poor Boy, You're Bound To Die' - Murder Ballads

Ron Soodalter | Published: November 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm
The murder ballad came from Europe, but we Americans have our own twisted tales

The First Auto School

Christine Kreiser | Published: October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am
Auto School

JFK: Trials, Triumph and Tragedy

Christine Kreiser | Published: October 18, 2013 at 10:59 am
The presidency of John F. Kennedy was momentous and consequential far beyond its horrific denouement in Dallas

Table of Contents - December 2013 American History

Published: September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm
The December 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on John F. Kennedy's presidency, 3/5 Constitutional compromise, Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific coast, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, why we pay taxes and the revival of the Pawpaw.

Speed Demons

Timothy Messer-Kruse | Published: July 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Vanderbilt heir ditched railroads for cars and launched a race that put the American auto industry on the map.
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