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Classic Essays from Our Archives

Herbert Hoover Describes the Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson | June 1958, Vol 9, No 4

By Herbert Hoover

The great tragedy of the twenty-eighth President as witnessed by his loyal lieutenant, the thirty-first.

woodrow wilson

How My Father and President Kennedy Saved The World | October 2002, Vol 53, No 5

By Sergei Khrushchev

The Cuban Missile Crisis as seen from the Kremlin


Growing Up Colored | Summer 2012, Vol 62, No 2

By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The noted writer and educator tells of his boyhood in the West Virginia town of Piedmont, where African Americans were second-class citizens but family pride ran deep.

Henry Louis Gates and family

Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr. | Summer 2012, Vol 62, No 2

By John D. Eisenhower

The author, who once served under General Patton and whose father, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was Patton's commanding officer, shares his memories of "Ol' Blood and Guts"

Gen. George Patton

Who Invented Scalping? | April 1977, Vol 28, No 3

By James Axtell

In recent years many voices—both Native-American and white—have questioned whether Indians did in fact invent scalping. What is the evidence?


A Yankee Among The War Lords | October 1970, Vol 21, No 6

By Barbara W. Tuchman

First of the Three Parts from STILWELL THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN CHINA 1911-1945

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    Today in History

  • Guam seized

    In a bloodless confrontation, the Spanish garrison on Guam surrenders the island to the USS Charleston. The Charleston had left the larger fleet to capture the Pacific island, and met Admiral George Dewey's fleet in Manila Bay.  

  • Freedom Riders killed

    Three civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney, disappear in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Schwerner and Goodman were "Freedom Riders" from New York who traveled to the Deep South to help register African-Americans to vote. Their bodies were found six weeks later, and several Ku Klux Klan members and law enforcement officers were tried for the murders.

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