Table of Contents – February 2014 American History

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Features

Between Two Worlds
A new book about the classic Western The Searchers sheds light on Quanah Parker, the last Comanche chief, who bridged Indian and white cultures
by Glenn Frankel

‘Poor Boy, You’re Bound to Die’
True stories of bloody murder gave rise to some of the most powerful and enduring songs in the American folk tradition
by Ron Soodalter

Traitor Bride
Benedict Arnold’s name is now synonymous with treason. Did his teenage bride, Peggy Shippen, use her feminine wiles to lead the Revolutionary War hero astray?
by Nancy Rubin Stuart

‘I Knew That They Loved Me’
Teddy Roosevelt’s grandson Kermit played a significant role in the CIA-backed coup that overthrew Iran’s elected government and reinstalled the autocratic shah in 1953 
by Hugh Wilford

Outsider Art
Two American colonials in London reinvented the way we see historical events
by Sarah Richardson

Mission to Moscow
FDR had to sell the American people on a wartime alliance with the Soviet Union, so he called in a Hollywood hitmaker
by Steve Boisson

Departments

Letters

Gazette
Lady Baltimore rescued, a new theory on Mark Twain’s name, a $600,000 jacket—and more

The First
Megawatt wind turbine

We’ve Been Here Before
Barack Obama is not the first peace president to find himself ready to go to war

Details
A Christmas story from old New York

Interview
Political scientist Thomas E. Mann tackles the partisan divide in American history

Encounter
Dracula creator Bram Stoker beguiles poet Walt Whitman

Here Is Where
Portland, Maine, erupted over a cache of booze in 1855, but the hangover lingers 150 years later

Letter From American History
One man’s traitor is another man’s hero

Reviews
Jane Franklin, Ben’s little sister, leaves her mark; Jefferson and Hamilton, still at odds; scandal at the 1913 Armory Show—and more

Last Call
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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