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A Capitol Offense

Peter Carlson | Published: March 30, 2015 at 11:36 am
Congress enacted Prohibition but lawmakers didn’t go dry, thanks to bootlegger George Cassiday—the “Man in the Green Hat”—who set up shop on Capitol Hill

May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe

Andrew Carroll | Published: March 30, 2015 at 11:35 am
Seventy years ago, the Allies celebrated V-E Day, closing the Western theater of World War II. Here in their own words, two Americans take stock of what happened

We've Been Here Before: Taking It to the Streets

Richard Brookhiser | Published: March 30, 2015 at 11:34 am
In the summer of 2014 the deaths of two black men in confrontations with police officers riveted the nation's attention. In July Eric Garner, of Staten Island, N.Y., suffered a fatal heart attack while being arrested for selling loose cigarettes; …

Here Is Where: Marking Time in Nevada

Andrew Carroll | Published: March 30, 2015 at 11:34 am
During my drive across the country to seek out unmarked and yet significant historic sites, it's not until I hit the Utah-Nevada border that I begin to appreciate just how old Prometheus—my focus on this portion of the journey—was when …

Table of Contents - June 2015 American History magazine

Published: March 30, 2015 at 11:30 am
Click here to subscribe to American History!Features Our First Civil War During the Revolution—almost a century before Fort Sumter—American patriots battled American loyalists in a vicious showdown for control of the South
by Edward G. Lengel A Capitol Offense…

We've Been Here Before: Scratching the Six-Year Itch

Richard Brookhiser | Published: January 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm
Midterms change the playing field--again

Here Is Where: Elisha Otis rises out of small-town Vermont

Andrew Carroll | Published: January 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm
Birthplace of an Uplifting Inventor

The Constitution's Last Victory

Tom and Gena Metcalf | Published: January 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm
Old Ironsides’ dramatic final battle in the War of 1812 marked the end of British naval dominance and the emergence of a confident new competitor

Table of Contents - April 2015 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: January 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm
Click to subscribe to American History magazineFeatures Stand Watie's War Stand Watie, a Cherokee, was the last Confederate general to surrender in 1865 after the long Civil War had torn the Cherokee Nation asunder, pitting the Indians against the North, …

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
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