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American History: June 2000 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 2000 at 1:01 am
Action, Adventure, and DinosaursWHEN I WAS YOUNG I was obsessed with dinosaurs, an interest that peaked around the time I was in first and second grade. One of the best fuels for my obsession was a book by Roy …

American History: February '99 Letters

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
WHAT ABOUT BING?Tom Huntington's Editor's Desk column in the October 1998 issue stated that Frank Sinatra is our greatest singer. Who are you kidding? What about Harry Lillis Crosby, better known as Bing? He was one of the 100 …

American History: April '99 Letters

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
TRIBUTE TO SERGEANT YORKIn 1995 I went with several friends on a week-long tour of the Meuse-Argonne Battlefield when we drove into the small town of Châtel-Chéhery. If you didn't know what went on there during World War I, …

American History: October '99 Letters

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
NO HONOR FOR INFORMERSThe story of the Molly Maguires (August 1999) is, in fact, merely the story of the continuing persecution of the Irish by their Anglo-Saxon masters transferred across several thousand miles of ocean. In this case those …

American History: December '99 Letters

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
AMERICAN INGENUITYI enjoyed H.W. Brands' "Coca-Cola Goes to War" (August 1999) and thought your readers would like to know of yet another way Coke went to war, or at least the bottle did.During World War II, our battalion …

Letters to American History: June '99

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
LOSS AT OKINAWA I've often heard the Destroyer Squadron II accident ("The Point of No Return," June 1999) billed as the U.S. Navy's worst peacetime disaster, yet as bad as it was, it was small potatoes compared to the navy's …

American History: February 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on HistoryThe part of history that interests me the most is the behind-the-scenes stuff, the human motivations and interactions that help drive events. History, after all, is about people, and people can be puzzling, contradictory, or sometimes just-plain …

American History: April 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on History Sometimes it seems that the thing politicians do best is create scandal. As I write this just after New Year's Day, a president of the United States has been impeached by the House of Representatives for only …

American History: October 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on HistoryHistory and legend are tied so closely together that it's often difficult to separate them. Many of America's most famous legends revolve around George Washington. We all learned the story of the cherry tree, and most of …

American History: December 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on HistoryIn our last issue we looked at an episode from George Washington's Revolutionary War days. This time author John Ferling examines the general's final years. Though less exciting than his military service, Washington's period of retirement offers …

American History: August 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on HistoryYou don't have to believe in ghosts to like a good ghost story. Although a confirmed skeptic myself, I've long been attracted to tales of the mysterious and unexplained. So when I first came across the story …

American History: June 1999 From the Editor

Published: August 11, 1999 at 1:01 am
Thoughts on HistoryTo get a sense of how politics (and politicians) have changed, consider Andrew Jackson. Our seventh president was most definitely a man of his age. In today's world he would look as out of place as a …

American History: August '98 Letters

Published: August 11, 1998 at 1:01 am
USING AN OLD TRICKIn "The Optical Aleutian," featured in your March 1998 issue, author Russell Martin laments the needless Kiska campaign, and well he might. Admiral Thomas Kinkaid's remarks that it would be a "super dress rehearsal, good for …

American History: May/June '98 Letters

Published: August 11, 1998 at 1:01 am
THE SKIPPY DEBATEIn the "Time Capsule" section of your February 1998 issue you wrote about the identification of the B-17 known as Skippy. I think I may be able to help.An air force emblem and the letter "F" …

American History: December '98 Letters

Published: August 11, 1998 at 1:01 am
EDITH, NOT ELLENIn "How the Airmail Got Off the Ground," from your August issue, President Woodrow Wilson's wife is referred to as Ellen. In fact, Ellen Axson Wilson died in 1914, and the following year the president married Edith …

American History: March '98 Letters

Published: August 11, 1998 at 1:01 am
1919 ARMORED CADILLACAn interesting prelude to the transcontinental trip by military motor described in "From D.C. to the Golden Gate" (November/December 1997 issue) was conducted by Colonel Royal P. Davidson. He traveled in a cavalcade of eight Cadillac cars, …
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