Table of Contents – February 2011 American History

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The Confederacy: America’s Worst Idea
On the 150th anniversary of secession, can we finally admit the truth about why the South lost the Civil War?
by Stephanie McCurry

Patrick Henry vs. Big Government
The fiery patriot orator also led the battle against the U.S. Constitution
by Harlow Giles Unger

FDR’s Loyal Mistress
A letter sheds new light on the star-crossed love of Franklin Roosevelt and Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd
by Peter Carlson

National Portraitist
Feast your eyes on rare gems by Norman Rockwell, the artist who made Americans feel good about themselves
by Claudia Glenn Dowling

Dreamweaver
How Chief Joseph, a gifted Nez Perce leader, mesmerized his enemies
by Elliott West

Salem Witch House
The ghosts in a hanging judge’s home are not the ones you’d expect
by Robert Strauss

DEPARTMENTS
Gazette
Battle looms over Jim Thorpe’s remains; Civil War prison ruins unearthed; Little Bighorn flag up for grabs; nuclear test site gets landmark status; and more

Interview
U.S. Archivist David Ferriero, America’s collector in chief

The First
Point-and-shoot camera

Encounter
Franklin Roosevelt dines with King Ibn Saud

Details
Racial stereotyping and anti-immigration fervor, circa 1889

Books the President Should Read
Can Big Oil be kept in line?

The Big Picture
How did we end up with so many federal bureaucrats?

Letter From American History

Reviews
True-to-life Lego skyscraper exhibit; an epic saga of the Liberty Bell; the intertwined lives of Thomas Jefferson’s women; and more

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