Sense of History: The Best Writing from the Pages of American Heritage

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For almost 50 years, American Heritage magazine has been telling America's story in flesh and vivid articles that have come to represent the best of responsible popular history. In this comprehensive and informative book, the editors of American Heritage have combed through every issue to find the most entertaining and illuminating pieces.

The result - by turns stirring, moving, funny, evocative, horrifying - is an unusually revealing informal ...

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Overview

For almost 50 years, American Heritage magazine has been telling America's story in flesh and vivid articles that have come to represent the best of responsible popular history. In this comprehensive and informative book, the editors of American Heritage have combed through every issue to find the most entertaining and illuminating pieces.

The result - by turns stirring, moving, funny, evocative, horrifying - is an unusually revealing informal history of American civilization from the first settlements to the close of the twentieth century.

A Sense of History proves that the best history is always the best reading. And the authors are numbered among the foremost historians, novelists, and public figures of recent years.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780828111751
  • Publisher: Forbes Custom Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/1985
  • Pages: 832

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction to the 1995 Edition xi
I Wish I'd Been There 1
How to Write History 38
"And the Mound Builders Vanished from the Earth" 46
The Hunt for the Regicides 60
"Then and There the Child Independence was Born" 72
"In the Name of the Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" 84
Our two Greatest Presidents 105
The Garden of Eden and the Decon's Meadow 113
The Battle of Lake Erie 120
The Peace of Christmas Eve 136
Primer from a Green World 153
Children of Darkness 160
Jackson's Fight with the 'Monster' 176
Johnny Appleseed 186
The Minister and the Mill Girl 199
The Hawthorne's in Paradise 217
The Tammany Pioneers 233
The Farther Continent of James Clyman 250
Prairie Schooner 264
A Barbarian at the Shogun's Court 279
A Family Divided 297
Hayfoot, Strawfoot! 315
The First Modern Man of War 326
The Unexpected Mrs. Stowe 337
Fear of the City 351
The Great Vanderbilt will Battle 361
The Historian as Celebrity 410
The Machine That Kept Them Honest 418
Carnegie & Rockefeller 430
Should the Historian Make Moral Judgments? 461
Henry Adams in the South Seas 473
"You'll Have to See Morgan" 480
The Father of Oz 493
The Winds of Ruin 505
The Old Fall River Line 515
"You Press the Button, We do the Rest" 521
The Woods Were Tossing with Jewels 537
"Perdicaris Alive or Raisuli Dead" 548
The American Game 561
Big Bill Taft 569
An Iowa Christmas 582
The World's Tallest Building 589
Still Quiet on the Western Front 602
Were Sacco and Vanzetti Innocent? 622
Quiet Earth, Big Sky 636
The Conundrum of Corn 645
Henry Ford's Village 658
Why the Money Stopped 670
"I Am the Law" 681
St. Lo 705
The Man Who Could Speak Japanese 728
When I Landed, the War was over 744
The Place of Franklin D. Roosevelt in History 760
Revising the Twentieth Century 773
A Nation of Immigrants 783
How Have We Changed? 1954-1994 810
Contributors 845
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