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  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: Mr. Jefferson’s Women

    Mr. Jefferson’s Women by Jon Kukla, Alfred A. Knopf, 279 pp., $26.95 When, almost a decade ago, DNA test results revealed that the liaison between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings was almost certainly true, historian Jon...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, From White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy A. Cordery, Viking, 590 pp., $32.95 Larger than life is an oft- and sometimes over-used phrase employed to describe colorful and engaging...

  • American History Magazine

    Belle Gunness’ Poisonous Pen

    A century ago, lonely hearts letters lured unsuspecting men to their deaths on an Indiana farm—and you thought meeting online was risky. Around the turn of the 20th century, men from across the upper Midwest found their way to a small...

  • American History Magazine

    Dialogue: The Reporter Who Toppled a Titan

    It was David meets Goliath in 1904 when Ida Tarbell published her groundbreaking exposé The History of the Standard Oil Company. Tarbell spent years researching how John D. Rockefeller’s mammoth trust gained control of more than 80...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: Ladies of Liberty

    Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts, William Morrow, 512 pp., $26.95 After his hair-thin victory in the 1796 presidential election, John Adams sent his wife Abigail near-daily missives beseeching her to...

  • American History Magazine

    Uncommon Virtue: The Hello Girls

    Women switchboard soldiers brought American efficiency to the French front during World War I. General John Pershing had a problem. When America entered World War I in 1917, a jury-rigged battlefield telephone system was the primary means...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Interview with Matt Gallman

    Anna Elizabeth Dickinson transcended the boundaries imposed on women in the mid-19th century. She campaigned publicly for the Republican Party and delivered fiery speeches in support of abolition and equal rights for African-American men....

  • CIVIL WAR TIMES MAGAZINE

    Insight: Ahead of Her Time

    Ella Lonn’s publications, in both quantity and topical reach, made her the most important woman in the field between the 1920s and the 1950s....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Book Review: Confederate Daughters

    Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age During the Civil War by Victoria E. Ott, Southern Illinois University Press Victoria Ott examines the lives of teenage daughters of Southern slaveholding secessionist families from the late 1850s to the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Letters from Readers- December 2008

    Ladies First in Winchester In the August 2008 issue’s “Mail Call,” Robert E. Zaworski pointed out the integral role Southern white women played in creating Confederate cemeteries in the war’s aftermath. He noted that the first...

  • World War II Magazine

    Martha Gellhorn: A Woman at War

    In pursuit of a story, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn pushed the boundaries of her profession, the military, and even common sense. Martha Gellhorn was determined to cover D-Day, and she wasn’t about to let a little thing like the...

  • World War II Magazine

    She Also Served

    “What the hell are we supposed to do with them?” thundered one American army major in 1942, an all-too-typical reaction to the unprecedented flood of tens of thousands of women eager to serve their country in wartime. “Young girls...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Artists at War: Women in War

    Western art of the last 500 years illustrates the diverse roles women have played in times of conflict. The modern idea of women in war conjures images of combat, with women serving and sometimes dying in an arena long considered the sole...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Reaching for the Sky

    After breaking records and gender barriers in the Luftwaffe, two female pilots compete to change history—one to ensure Hitler’s success, the other his doom. Controversy stalked the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Germany had...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Review: Vietnam Nurses

    Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delany DVD produced by Creative Street Productions, 2006, $21.95, vietnamnursesdvd.com Dana Delany is not a Vietnam nurse, but she played one on TV. This award- winning documentary hosted by the China Beach star is...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: On Their Own

    On Their Own: Women Journalists and the American Experience in Vietnam by Joyce Hoffman. Da Capo Press, 2008, $27.50 Since the end of the Vietnam War, hundreds of books have been written in an attempt to examine, explain, define and even...