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The American experience comes alive through writing, outstanding photography & artwork. American History is the leading popular magazine that explores the rich texture of the American experience through engaging writing and outstanding photography and artwork. The magazine’s lively storytelling, thought-provoking essays and more bring America’s past alive in every issue.

American History


America's Worst Winter Ever

Ray Raphael | Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:33 pm
Forget Valley Forge. The Morristown winter of 1779-80 was the real test for George Washington and the Continental Army.

Abigail Adams on 'The Only Surviving Parent I Have'

Woody Holton | Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Abigail Adams and former slave Phoebe Abdee forged an unusual bond.

A War of Extermination - Audubon

John James Audubon | Published: February 01, 2010 at 7:17 pm
Although wildlife painter John James Audubon routinely killed birds for specimens, he was appalled by the activities of the 'egg-collectors of Labrador,' whom he accused of waging a 'war of extermination.'

America's Disastrous Invasion of Quebec

Published: December 11, 2009 at 5:11 pm
George Washington’s plan to invade Canada in 1775 ended in disaster.

Washington's 5 Rules for Honorable War

Ray Raphael | Published: December 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm
In 1775 General George Washington issued rules for invading a foreign country: make friends with the locals, respect religious differences and don’t abuse prisoners.

100 Greatest Spy Movies

HistoryNet staff | Published: December 02, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Vote for the greatest spy movie of all time, from a list of the 100 Greatest Spy Movies compiled by the editors of American History magazine.

A Cold Day in Hell

Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm
John Joseph Henry was a 16-year-old Pennsylvania rifleman who volunteered to serve under Colonel Benedict Arnold on an ill-fated march to Quebec in the autumn of 1775. Slogging through cold, snowy Maine, Arnold's men endured the unimaginable as their supplies …

America's First Women Aviators

Ernest B. Furgurson | Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Amelia Earhart followed a trail blazed by several daring women aviators.

What's Wrong With American Healthcare?

Gene Santoro | Published: October 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm
James Mohr examines the history of American health care.

Matilda Josyln Gage - the Unlikely Inspiration for the Wizard of Oz

Evan I. Schwartz | Published: September 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Suffragist Matilda Josyln Gage was the unlikely inspiration for L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Joe Quattrone, Barber to Capitol Hill - Interview

Gerald D. Swick | Published: September 18, 2009 at 11:15 am
Interview with Joe Quattrone - 'Joe Q' - who has been helping the very powerful in Washington, D.C., to look their very best for nearly 40 years.

So Long, Pontiac

Jamie Kitman | Published: July 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm
General Motors pulls the plug on Pontiac, the original American muscle car.

The 9 Greatest Supreme Court Justices

Jonathan Turley | Published: July 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm
The 9 greatest Supreme Court justices of all time were bold thinkers who wouldn't survive today's confirmation process.

Abraham Lincoln Museums - An Overview

Jay Wertz | Published: July 07, 2009 at 6:44 pm
Four museums dedicated to presenting the life of Abraham Lincoln, each one different in character, are examined in detail, with photos.

Green Ben - Benjamin Franklin and Ecosystems

Steven Johnson | Published: June 04, 2009 at 3:25 pm
Benjamin Franklin was the first to recognize that man and the environment depended on each other for survival.

Public Enemies & Keystone Cops

Peter Carlson | Published: June 02, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Outlaws like John Dillinger and Bonnie and Clyde were heroes to Americans squeezed by hard times during the Great Depression.
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