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Table of Contents - April 2014 American History

American History | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Washington cuts loose at dinner party, Herbert Hoover's humanitarian efforts abroad, Hudson River School artist capture a day in the life of a soldier, European mesmerism inspires Americans to think positive, and palaces built of cotton coal and corn in the heartland.

The "Man of Force" Who Saved Belgium

Richard Ernsberger Jr. | Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Before Herbert Hoover became the scapegoat for the Great Depression, he was an international hero who led one of the greatest humanitarian relief efforts in history

'Poor Boy, You're Bound to Die' - Murder Ballads

Published: January 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm
Mississippi John Hurt plays the blues in Washington Square, New York City, in 1965. Hurt first recorded the murder ballad "Louis Collins," likely based on a real event, in 1928. (Bernard Gotfryd/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) The text of this article originally …

Peace Presidents on a War Footing

Richard Brookhiser | Published: January 07, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Barack Obama is not the first peace president to find himself ready to go to war

Table of Contents - February 2014 American History

Published: December 02, 2013 at 12:20 pm
The February 2014 issue of American History magazine features articles on Comanche chief Quanah Parker, American folk murder ballads, Peggy Shippen's role in leading Benedict Arnold to treason, Teddy Roosevelt's grandson Kermit's part in overthrowing Iran's elected government, Americans in London and Mission to Moscow's Hollywood propaganda.

'Poor Boy, You're Bound To Die' - Murder Ballads

Ron Soodalter | Published: November 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm
The murder ballad came from Europe, but we Americans have our own twisted tales

The First Auto School

Christine Kreiser | Published: October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am
Auto School

JFK: Trials, Triumph and Tragedy

Christine Kreiser | Published: October 18, 2013 at 10:59 am
The presidency of John F. Kennedy was momentous and consequential far beyond its horrific denouement in Dallas

Table of Contents - December 2013 American History

Published: September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm
The December 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on John F. Kennedy's presidency, 3/5 Constitutional compromise, Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific coast, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, why we pay taxes and the revival of the Pawpaw.

Speed Demons

Timothy Messer-Kruse | Published: July 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Vanderbilt heir ditched railroads for cars and launched a race that put the American auto industry on the map.

Table of Contents - October 2013

Published: July 19, 2013 at 11:11 am
The October 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on President Lincoln's visit to Petersburg in 1863, Lucy and Henry Knox's risky romance, Superman turning 75, early auto racers competing in the Vanderbilt Cup, America's whaling industry, and the scandal that shook Grover Cleveland's presidential campaign.

Fat Cats and Vagabonds

Peter Carlson | Published: June 06, 2013 at 1:05 pm
Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and John Burroughs were unlikely camping buddies

Table of Contents - August 2013

Published: June 03, 2013 at 1:19 pm
The August 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on photographer Edward S. Curtis, signers of the Declaration of Independence, Edison, Ford and Firestone's camping adventure, West Virginia's secession, and Ronald Reagan reborn.

The First: Solar-Powered Business

Christine Kreiser | Published: May 14, 2013 at 10:07 am
Popular Science (left) featured Aubrey Eneas' massive solar reflector on its cover in 1934, more than 30 years after it awed visitors at the Cawston Ostrich Farm (right). Edwin Cawston's ostrich farm in South Pasadena, Calif., was a bona fide …

The House Where Longfellow Lived

Stephen Harrigan | Published: May 13, 2013 at 11:35 am
The Cambridge, Mass., home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow nurtured his poetic talents and harbored his greatest tragedy.

Table of Contents - June 2013 American History

Published: May 08, 2013 at 4:57 pm
The June 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on Patriotism during the War of 1812, Mark Twain's Great Adventure to Hawaii, Wilson at War and in Love, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's House in Cambridge, Mass., Civil War and American Art, the First Slaves at Jamestown
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