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American History: February ’00 Letters

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...
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American History: December ’00 Letters

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...
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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: October ’98 Letters

BERLIN CANDY BOMBERI have received your June 1998 Special Collectors' Issue. This is an exceptional compilation of events that had a major impact on post-war history. Certainly the world would be much...
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American History: January/February ’98 Letters

SERVED UNDER JOHN PAUL JONESMy grandfather, Lt. William Seach, was a flesh-and-blood hero to all of us grandchildren growing up. An emigrant from England with a third-grade education, he gained his citizenship...
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American History: March ’98 Letters

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....