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American History: April 2000 From the Editor

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...
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Letters to American History: June ’99

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...
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American History: December ’99 Letters

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,...
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American History: October ’99 Letters

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...
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American History: June 1999 From the Editor

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...
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American History: April ’99 Letters

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...
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American History: August 1999 From the Editor

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...
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American History: February ’99 Letters

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...
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American History: December 1999 From the Editor

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...
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American History: October 1999 From the Editor

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...
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American History: April 1999 From the Editor

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...
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American History: February 1999 From the Editor

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...
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American History: December 1998 From the Editor

Thoughts on HistorySometimes when we put together an issue of American History we discover that two articles with little apparently in common actually run along parallel tracks. In this issue, for instance, we...
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American History: May/June 1998 From the Editor

Thoughts on HistoryMagazine editors love a good anniversary. Give us an event that happened 50, 100, or 200 years ago and chances are we'll find someone to write about it. There's something seductive about a...
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American History: August 1998 From the Editor

Thoughts on History"It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that fortune that loves the brave." So said Secretary of...