Table of Contents – December 2011 American History

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Why Was Life So Hard for the Pilgrims?
The Pilgrims and other early colonists arrived in a land of plenty. Why did so many die so soon?
by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Scary John Brown
150 years after the start of the Civil War, we’re still mulling the morality of the man who lit the fuse
by Tony Horwitz

Hard Times in the Big Easy
Peter Sekaer’s photos of New Orleans in the Great Depression still reek of grit and glory
by Claudia Glenn Dowling

Mae West’s Secret of Success
Can we thank the bombshell from Brooklyn for Madonna and Lady Gaga?
by Peter Carlson

What Are Lincoln’s Words Worth?
Enough to update a Victorian-era library for 21st-century visitors
by Jan Smith

James Madison
The Father of the Constitution also sired the divisive politics we know today
by Richard Brookhiser



H.L. Hunley rolls over; Yosemite’s beef with Mother Nature; Civil War vets ID’d; Thomas Edison played with dolls; and more

The Big Picture
A shrinking middle class

We’ve Been Here Before
Can Michele Bachmann break a century-old political curse?

The First
Purple Heart

Gorgeous George schools Cassius Clay in the art of self-promotion

A Billy the Kid tintype that sold for $2.3 million

Sam Wineburg tells how history should be taught

Letter From American History
So many lost colonies

Indian resistance in the Pacific Northwest; Ulysses Grant’s heroic last stand; entrepreneurs who went for broke (and got there)

From America’s Attic
Could Ike hit a 3-iron?

3 Responses

  1. Mike Norris

    Can I get an electronic copy of “James Madison” (December 2011)?

  2. Mary Wilson

    Can I get a copy of” What are Lincoln’s words worth?” by Jan Smith
    I work for the Southworth Library in Dryden and am working on a
    scrapbook for my grandchildren.
    – or – Where can I get a copy of this issus?
    Thank you, Mary Wilson


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