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Lillian Smith: The On-Target 'California Girl'

Julia Bricklin | Published: November 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm
Young Lillian Smith was Annie Oakley’s rival as a trick-shot artist in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, but her most astonishing act was her transformation at age 30 into ‘Princess Wenona’

Washington's First Thanksgiving

Ron Soodalter | Published: November 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm
President George Washington happily agreed to Congress' request for a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. His opponents declared that he'd overstepped his constitutional bounds.

Blood and Betrayal: King Philip's War

Anthony Brandt | Published: October 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm
The discovery of a frozen corpse in the winter of 1675 sparked war between New England's Indians and settlers

Book Review: When Soldiers Fall, by Steven Casey

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
In his study When Soldiers Fall, Steven Casey looks at the changing methodology and intent behind American military casualty reporting since World War I.

Encounter: Ernie Pyle Stumps Arthur Miller

Peter Carlson | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:43 pm
Newspaper reporters are seldom popular. They are the bearers of bad tidings. They ask embarrassing questions and reveal unpleasant facts. They're frequently pushy and obnoxious. In opinion polls, Ameri­cans rate reporters at the bottom of the esteem spectrum, along with …

Poison Gas Comes to America

David J. Jackowe | Published: October 03, 2014 at 2:39 pm
How making chemical weapons in World War I broke ground for the U.S. military-industrial complex

Mormon Handcart Horrors

Candy Moulton | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:55 am
In 1856 Mormon leader Brigham Young beckoned companies of faithful Saints across the Plains to Utah Territory tethered to these ‘two-wheeled torture devices’—with disastrous results

Book Review: South Pass, by Will Bagley

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 11:05 am
Overland trail writer Will Bagley relates the history of South Pass, the most significant portal through the Rocky Mountains to the American far West.

Book Review: Tom Horn in Life and Legend, by Larry D. Ball

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:55 am
Larry Ball digs deep to separate the real man from the myth in this biography of cowhand, prospector, packer, scout, Pinkerton agent and range detective Tom Horn.

Book Review: Cochise, by Edwin R. Sweeney

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:43 am
In his latest offering Cochise scholar Edwin Sweeney presents a wealth of firsthand accounts of the Apache chief.

Book Review: Kit Carson and the First Battle of Adobe Walls, by Alvin R. Lynn

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:29 am
Both on paper and in person Alvin Lynn tracked Kit Carson's participation in the 1864 First Battle of the Adobe Walls.

Book Review: The Fights on the Little Horn, by Gordon Harper

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 10:19 am
In Fights on the Little Horn, Gordon Harper condenses decades of research into a thorough and sometimes contentious account of Custer's Last Stand and related clashes in that 1876 campaign.

Book Review: Apache Warrior, 1860–86, by Robert N. Watt

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:58 am
Robert Watt's new Osprey title Apache Warrior focuses on the revered and feared Chiricahuas of the American Southwest.

Video Reviews: Gunslingers, by AHC, and America's Wild West, by PBS

HistoryNet Staff | Published: October 03, 2014 at 9:40 am
Gunslingers and America's Wild West take very different, and uniquely satisfying, approaches to relate the history of the West's most celebrated figures.

Table of Contents - December 2014 American History magazine

American History magazine | Published: October 02, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Click to subscribe to American History magazineFeatures Conceived in Liberty In the Civil War, North and South justified their causes with inspiration from the nation's original freedom fight: the American Revolution by Glenn W. LaFantasie An Unholy Mess The …

Dwight Eisenhower's Granddaughter Wants to Save a Piece of Aviation History

Gerald D. Swick | Published: September 23, 2014 at 11:08 am
Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, wants to save a piece of aviation history the first Lockheed Constellation VC-121 to be used in his administration.
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