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American History

February 2020

Get American History digital magazine subscription today and see how the American experience comes alive through thoroughly researched stories, outstanding photography and artwork. The magazine’s lively storytelling, thought-provoking essays and more bring America’s past alive in every issue.

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1 min.
american history

MICHAEL DOLAN EDITOR NANCY TAPPAN SENIOR EDITOR SARAH RICHARDSON SENIOR EDITOR STEPHEN KAMIFUJI CREATIVE DIRECTOR BRIAN WALKER GROUP ART DIRECTOR JON C. BOCK ART DIRECTOR MELISSA A. WINN DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY CORPORATE DOUG NEIMAN CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER ROB WILKINS DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIP MARKETING TOM GRIFFITHS CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT GRAYDON SHEINBERG CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT SHAWN BYERS VP AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT JAMIE ELLIOTT PRODUCTION DIRECTOR ADVERTISING MORTON GREENBERG SVP Advertising Sales mgreenberg@mco.com TERRY JENKINS Regional Sales Manager tjenkins@historynet.com RICK GOWER Regional Sales Manager rick@rickgower.com DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING NANCY FORMAN / MEDIA PEOPLE 212-779-7172 ext. 224 nforman@mediapeople.com…

8 min.
mosaic

Statue Swap A statue of Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca tribe has replaced one of William Jennings Bryan in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. The substitution was the first of two the Nebraska legislature voted. Besides putting the chief in for Secretary of State Bryan, legislators voted to swap out a statue of Secretary of Education Julius Morton for one of novelist Willa Cather in 2020. A mix-up led to the Ponca being displaced from their tribal lands in 1877 to a reservation 500 miles southeast in Oklahoma. En route nearly a third of the Ponca died, including Standing Bear’s daughter, Prairie Flower. The rest arrived sick and hungry. In 1879, the chief’s 16-year-old son died. Bear Shield had asked to be buried on Ponca land. Bearing his son’s bones,…

1 min.
contributors

“Hooray for…Ithaca?” (p. 50) marks Jan Bridgeford-Smith’s debut in the magazine. She has contributed to History, Smithsonian Air & Space, and other periodicals and is writing a book, scheduled for fall 2020 publication by Globe Pequot Press, chronicling events of misappropriation, large and small, from America’s past. Jan lives and writes in Freeville, New York. Frequent contributor Joseph Connor (“Hard-Knock College,” p. 42) most recently wrote “Give ’Em Healthcare, Harry!” (October 2019). A former prosecutor, Joe has a particular interest in the intersection of the U.S. Constitution and everyday life. A.K. Fielding trehanstreasures.com is a historian and artist. “Talking Trumbull” (p. 58) is her first article for American History. Fielding writes about early American topics so she can buy materials with which to paint subjects from that period. Peter R. Henriques (prhmeh@aol.com), professor…

2 min.
letters

Birth of a Beef I found Daniel Immerwahr’s arguments (“Echoes of Empire,” October 2019) intriguing until he gratuitously inserted Donald Trump. Assigning appropriation by Trump and others of the Obama birther issue from the Clinton campaign to “Obama’s Pacific birth and upbringing, not just being black” is a tired canard. Trump’s claim was not that Obama was ineligible because he was born in Hawaii but because he was NOT born in Hawaii. The current craze to assign everything a racial motive—in this case the “American Empire”— seems like a theory desperately in search of supporting evidence. Scott Reid Mooresville, North Carolina Daniel Immerwahr replies: Brief interviews sometimes favor conclusions over evidence. In my book, How to Hide an Empire, I explain at great length how, in 2007, Hillary Clinton strategist Mark Penn posited…

5 min.
front and center

In February 2019, Anthea M. Hartig became the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. A third-generation Californian, Hartig previously was executive director and CEO of the California Historical Society in San Francisco. She holds a Ph.D. in public history from the University of California, Riverside. Why does the National Museum of American History matter? We help people understand the promise, the power, and the fragility of the American experiment. Our greatest task is to make democracy relevant to the three to four million people who come here every year and the eight or so million we reach online. I tell my staff we’re the temporary stewards of some of the most important material objects that tell the story of the United States. What’s…

6 min.
paranoia parade

After convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a New York City jail cell, President Donald Trump retweeted right-wing comic Terrence K. Williams’s suggestion that Epstein’s death might have been a hit, ordered by a former president no less: “#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead.” (Williams’s tweet contained hashtags #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily.) The radioactive tweet presumed that Clinton, an acquaintance of Epstein’s, had silenced him to avoid being ratted out as a participant in the financier’s abuse of underage girls. After lighting this fuse, Trump backed away, commenting “I have no idea” when a reporter asked if the president thought Williams’s charge might be true. Trump had just emerged from a months-long, multimillion-dollar federal investigation into alleged ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia. This retro Cold…