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Jackie Robinson: Baseball's Noble Experiment

William Kashatus | Published: February 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm
Jackie Robinson broke the "color line" in baseball, the first African American to play on an integrated major league team. He endured with dignity the racism of many fans and other players and opened major league ball for all black players.

American History: April '01 Letters

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
WAS PANCHO VILLA AT COLUMBUS? Gary Glynn might have made a major error in "Attack on Columbus" (December 2000) when he stated that Pancho Villa was nearby when his men attacked the town. Although this is the generally accepted historical …

American History: February '01 Letters

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
THE FIRST TO FIGHT When I received the October 2000 issue, I eagerly turned to the article about the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Regiment ("A Gallant Rush for Glory" by William C. Kashatus), but to my dismay I found it to …

American History: April 2001 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Of Politics, Baseball, and WarIT'S SAFE to say that the presidential election for the year 2000 will be one for the history books. Look for an article about it in American History sometime around November 2050. Perhaps by then …

American History: February 2001 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2001 at 1:01 am
Pioneering VirtuesIn 2003 we will celebrate the airplane's 100th birthday. Wilbur and Orville Wright made their historic flights at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, and the world has not been the same since. Airplanes have …

American History: October '00 Letters

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
TARLETON AND THE SWAMP FOXAfter reading "The Devil Himself Could Not Catch Him," Paul Thomsen's article on Francis Marion (August 2000), I was amused by J.B. Cheaney's sidebar on British Army officer Banastre Tarleton that whitewashed Colonel Tarleton. It …

More Letters to American History: April '00

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
TRAIN BIDDING Thank you for another fine issue, but I must comment on Milton Bagby's article "Casey Jones Rides Again" (December 1999). I'm certain that Mr. Bagby doesn't want to continue the mistaken idea that has been perpetuated concerning why …

American History: December '00 Letters

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
GENERAL DIFFERENCES In the article "The Great Railroad Raid" (August 2000), the locomotive identified as the General in the illustration on page 37 shows the train has a horizontal cowcatcher, yet the modern-day photograph of the General on page 42 …

American History: February '00 Letters

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
SLAVE WAGESMark Dunkelman's account of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery ("A Bold Break for Freedom," December 1999) stirred my interest in just how slavery worked. The picture that we are given today is of slaves toiling endlessly in the …

American History: August '00 Letters

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
SHAPING THE FUTURE It would take a railroad buff, a steel industry buff, and a history buff (and I'm all three) to fully appreciate the photograph shown in the "American Album" for March/April 2000. The tables were arranged in a …

Letters to American History: April '00 Letters

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
THE REAL THOMAS PAINE? In his article on Thomas Paine ("Revolution with Pen & Ink," February 2000), William Kashatus is to be lauded for shedding some light on the enormous role Thomas Paine played in the American Revolution–a role shamefully …

American History: October 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
Where No Railroad Had Gone BeforeIn this issue we welcome author Stephen E. Ambrose back to our pages. When this magazine started out as American History Illustrated way back in April 1966, Ambrose was one of the magazine's associate …

American History: April 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
Crockett in the CapitalIT'S ASTONISHING how closely David Crockett and Daniel Boone resembled each other. Or at least I thought they did when I was young. That's because both were portrayed on television by Fess Parker. For my generation, …

American History: December 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
An American Named UlyssesRecent months have seen the publication of no less than three novels about Ulysses S. Grant. Even taking into consideration the public's enduring fascination with the Civil War, I find that somewhat astonishing. Yet, on further …

American History: Feburary 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on HistoryMix government with art, and the result can be volatile. For example, consider the Federal Theatre Project, a 1935 Works Progress Administration (WPA) program that set out to put theatrical people to work but ended up creating …

American History: August 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
Wars, Forgotten and Otherwise THE STORIES from history that interest me the most are those that still reverberate.For example, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the court case remembered as the "Scopes Monkey Trial," in which teacher John …
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