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Table of Contents - February 2009 American History

Originally published by American History magazine. Published Online: December 10, 2008 
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THE LINCOLN CHRONICLES
DANGEROUS AMBITION

How a frustrated small-town lawyer jumpstarted his political career by threatening the Union
by H.W. Brands

THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF JUDGE GEORGE WYTHE
Arsenic felled Jefferson's fellow founder and friend, then justice was thwarted because of laws they wrote
by Bruce Chadwick

AMERICA IN MOTION
A graphic history of transportation and our current state of gridlock

BEN FRANKLIN'S GIFT
THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

The inveterate inventor's trust funds ensured that he would be useful even after his death by Stephan A. Schwartz

JOHN THE BOTANIST
John Muir, who had a grand vision for protecting American wilderness, preserved wondrous small things too

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT NOW
A pictorial tribute to 10 women who made it possible for Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin to soar this year
by William Bergman

THE CYCLIST VANISHES
An 1890s adventurer set off on a global bike tour and encountered treachery in the Middle East
by Geof Koss

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED
Buddy Holly's death 50 years ago left a generation to face its mortality
by William McKeen

DEPARTMENTS

Contributors

Letters

Publick Occurrences
What's behind 16 new national historic landmarks, Utah highwaymen find an ancient home, Tomb of the Unknowns cracks and more

Uncommon Virtue
The father of emergency medicine

Dialogue
Annette Gordon-Reed on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

Deconstructed
Pennsylvania's Conestoga wagon

Letter From American History

Reviews
Matthew Goodman's The Sun and the Moon, Steven Woodworth's Sherman, Grant and Lee in New York and more

Challenge
Test your knowledge of inaugurations

Why You Should
Know More About…

Maine


2 Responses to “Table of Contents - February 2009 American History”


  1. 1
    Susan Pagenkopf says:

    "Why you should know more about MAINE" states that Maine's 3478 miles of coastline is the longest of any state. Maybe, in the contiguous states, but Alaska has 6,640 miles, point to point; including islands Alaska has 33,904 miles of shoreline. Estimated tidal shoreline, including islands, inlets and shoreline to head of tidewater is 47,300 miles. (FACTS ABOUT ALASKA, The Alaska Almanac -15th Edition. Alaska Northwest Books.) Don't know about Hawaii.

  2. 2
    Ruthie says:

    Maine isn't even close to number one. It's number NINE. Alaska has more coastline (6,640 miles) than all the other coastal states COMBINED. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_coastline) As for shoreline, Maine does have 3,478 miles of it, however shoreline and coastline are completely different measurements. The magazine clearly states that Maine has "3,478 miles of coastline, the longest of any state." Perhaps they meant to say "shoreline," but even then, Alaska still wins with 33,904 miles of it. Michigan is second, and Maine wins the bronze. (http://www.gsmmaine.org/abstracts.html)
    At any rate, it is disappointing to see an educational magazine "educating" us with false facts.



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