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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.

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In the Valley of Secrets

Peter Carlson | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Virginia Mennonites helped Unionists escape the Confederacy on an underground railroad. Now their modern-day kin reveal the long hidden story

Here is Where: Penicillin Comes to Peoria

Andrew Carroll | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:12 pm
Penicillin helped win World War II. Peoria made it possible.

Letters from Our Readers

American History magazine | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:10 pm
Readers respond to our latest stories

Reviews: Great War Stories for Young Readers

American History | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Great War stories for young readers

The First Minimum Wage

Christine M. Kreiser | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:06 pm
Minimum wage

Table of Contents - August 2014 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: June 02, 2014 at 3:00 pm
The August 2014 issue of American History magazine features articles on second-term presidents, President George Washington quelling protests against the federal liquor tax, a portfolio of Carleton Watkins' photographs of Yosemite, Jewish refugees denied entry to the United States in 1939 and Virginian Mennonites helping Unionists escape the Confederacy.

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
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