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Death Stalks the Capital

Jeanne Abrams | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:57 pm
A deadly epidemic in Philadelphia shut down the nation’s business and taught Americans an important lesson: Good health is good policy

Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

Peter Carlson | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:55 pm
The senator began his interrogation with an innocuous question: "Where is your present residence?" "Lexington, Virginia," the witness replied. "How long have you resided at Lexington?" "Since the first of October last—nearly five months," said the witness, whose name was …

Here is Where: Holding the Fort in San Antonio

Andrew Carroll | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:53 pm
The Alamo, built in the 18th century from locally quarried limestone, rests deep in the heart of Texas. (Photo: Library of Congress) Barricaded in a freezing cold, rat-infested room inside the Alamo, the lone defender had gone almost three days …

Table of Contents - February 2015 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: December 03, 2014 at 5:51 pm
Click to subscribe to American History magazine Features Robber Baron Turned Robin Hood Andrew Carnegie squeezed every bit of profit out of his business ventures and the workers who made them run. He was driven to make money—and to give …

Washington's First Thanksgiving

Ron Soodalter | Published: November 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm
President George Washington happily agreed to Congress' request for a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. His opponents declared that he'd overstepped his constitutional bounds.

Encounter: Ernie Pyle Stumps Arthur Miller

Peter Carlson | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Newspaper reporters are seldom popular. They are the bearers of bad tidings. They ask embarrassing questions and reveal unpleasant facts. They're frequently pushy and obnoxious. In opinion polls, Ameri­cans rate reporters at the bottom of the esteem spectrum, along with …

Last Call: Vocal Virtuoso

Sarah Richardson | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald at the Downbeat

Reviews: Tennessee Williams; The Civil War

American History magazine | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Tennessee Williams' art imitates life; Civil War in a box

Poison Gas Comes to America

David J. Jackowe | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:39 pm
How making chemical weapons in World War I broke ground for the U.S. military-industrial complex

Table of Contents - December 2014 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: October 02, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Click to subscribe to American History magazineFeatures Conceived in Liberty In the Civil War, North and South justified their causes with inspiration from the nation's original freedom fight: the American Revolution by Glenn W. LaFantasie An Unholy Mess The …

Encounter: Lead Belly Wows the Lomaxes

Peter Carlson | Published: August 05, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Lead Belly wows John and Alan Lomax.

Interview: Ken Burns, A 'Deep Dive' Into the Lives of the Roosevelts

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: July 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm
A 'deep dive' into the lives of the Roosevelts

Reviews: The Mob and the City; The Longest Day; D-Day, June 6, 1944

American History magazine | Published: July 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm
Reviews: The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York, The Longest Day, D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II

Last Call: Celebrity Soldier

Sarah Richardson | Published: July 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm
General Winfield Scott - military hero, political flop

'Our Good Frank's Patriotic Song'

Marc Leepson | Published: July 29, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Baltimore and 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

Table of Contents - October 2014 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: July 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm
The October 2014 issue features stories on Francis Scott Key's patriotic song, Theresa Bernstein's art, Stonewall Jackson, Lady Bird's 1964 southern tour and the War of 1812.
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