Published: June 03, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Jefferson's Darkest Hour
Our June cover story chronicling Thomas Jefferson's narrow escape from redcoats while wartime governor of Virginia and his efforts to defend himself against accusations of cowardice leveled by contemporaries struck a raw nerve with some readers. "It …
Published: April 01, 2010 at 12:01 pm
The June 2010 issue of American History magazine features articles on Thomas Jefferson, Satchel Paige and Dizzy Dean, Charles Russell, Nikola Tesla, and the Boston Tea Party.
Published: April 01, 2010 at 11:59 am
Author Michael Kranish explores how the experience of keeping just hours ahead of capture by the British haunted Thomas Jefferson down the decades.
Published: April 01, 2010 at 11:58 am
Twain's New Deal
Joe McElwee of Drexel Hill, Pa., uncovered a surprising link between our April features on Mark Twain's America and presidential poker: "In his 1889 novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Twain's fictional character, Hank …
Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:36 pm
The April 2010 issue of American History magazine features articles on Mark Twain, presidents and poker, America's coldest winter, Abigail Adams, and American recessions.
Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:33 pm
Our February cover story about George Washington's instructions to his troops before the 1775 invasion of Quebec prompted one reader to note that smallpox added to the Continental Army's woes. "Washington learned the lesson of the failed campaign," …
Published: February 04, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Throughout his life, Mark Twain wrote many thousands of letters and articles that capture the American spirit.
Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:23 pm
The February 2010 issue of American History magazine features articles on George Washington, Governors Island, Amelia Earhart and Thomas Jefferson.
Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm
Whose New World?
Our October cover story about who might have reached America before 1492 prompted Richard Lau of Georgetown, Colo., to lament how Columbus is betrayed in other forums as "an evil brutish man who mistreated native people. His …
Published: November 24, 2009 at 4:19 pm
During the early stages of the Revolutionary War, patriot leaders hoped Canadians would recognize the righteousness of their struggle against imperial tyranny and join the resistance. But when George Washington launched a surprise assault on the British garrison …
Published: September 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm
The December 2009 issue of American History magazine features articles on the discovery of America, Thomas Jefferson and codes, Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz, Barbie, and Abraham Lincoln.
Published: September 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm
Journalist Heather Pringle discusses the discovery of America and casts a critical eye on the claims of a host of intrepid trailblazers who may have journeyed here long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
Published: September 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm
The 9 Incredibles
Should any judges reign supreme? Chris Vandewinckel of Baltimore, Md., wrote that the Supreme Court dream team we put forward in our October cover story confirmed the fears that Thomas Jefferson expressed in an 1820 letter to …
Published: July 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm
The October 2009 issue of American History features articles on Supreme Court justices, Khrushchev, Abraham Lincoln and religion, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and the end of Pontiac.
Published: July 29, 2009 at 12:08 pm
Green Ben Franklin
Some readers took umbrage at the characterization of Franklin in our August cover story as a pioneer of environmental science. One was livid that Franklin and Al Gore were mentioned in the same sentence. "Al's major accomplishments …
Published: July 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm
History has shown that brilliance is hard to hide on the Supreme Court, but much harder to recognize in our modern confirmation process. "The criterion routinely emphasized these days in choosing nominees—prior court experience—is not a good indicator …