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American History

December 2019

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new statue of liberty museum

A $100 million museum opened May 16, 2019, at the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Logging some 4.5 million visits yearly, Liberty Island can hold 25,000 people at a time, but only 5,000 a day can enter the pedestal and the stairway to the statue’s crown accommodates only 500 daily. The new facility offers those in line an array of exhibits about the statue’s construction and history. France conceived, created, and donated the statue as a tribute to the abolition of slavery; at Liberty’s feet sprawls a broken chain. Creative fundraising abetted the gift’s installation and illumination. To build a needed pedestal, newspaper magnate Joseph Pulitzer engaged in proto-crowdfunding, offering to publish donors’ names and giving away miniature replicas of the statue. In six months, Pulitzer raised $200,000—today,…

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conributors

Rick Atkinson (“First Blood,” p. 26) is the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy—An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light—as well as The Long Gray Line and other books. His many awards include Pulitzer Prizes for history and journalism. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, DC. Liesl Bradner (“Women With Wings,” p. 44) is the author of Snapdragon: The World War II Exploits of Darby’s Ranger and Combat Photographer Phil Stern. She has profiled photographer and writer Lee Miller (“Restless Eye,” December 2018), and globetrotting muckraker Nellie Bly (“Troublemaker,” February 2018). She tweets as @lieslbradner. Richard Jensen (“Watery Waymaking,” p. 52) is a writer and historic preservation specialist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He most recently…

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Steaming Ahead George Washington’s distillery (“Booze Backstory,” August 2019) was the work of Oliver Evans of New Port, Delaware. His design incorporated leather drive belts, labor-saving devices, and many other prescient features. A prolific inventor and pioneer in the use of high-pressure steam, Evans designed an early steamboat and, in 1805, the first steam-driven wagon, the Oruktor Amphibolos, meant to function as an amphibious dredge. He also designed automated mills and other advanced industrial systems. Clifford B. Hearn Jr. Middletown, Delaware Not Nasty at All Thank you for your coverage of birthright citizenship (“Born in the USA,” June 2019), which resonates with me because my mom, who was born three years after her folks got off the boat from Ireland, looked down on Italian Americans, and my Vietnamese in-laws resent Mexicans and other Latinos.…

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a nuanced and complex war

Christy Coleman is chief executive of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia. That facility resulted in 2013 from the merger of the Museum of the Confederacy and the American Civil War Center at the Historic Tredegar Iron Works, also in that city. Coleman, who had headed the latter since 2008, earlier held senior positions with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and was president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan. How did the public react to the museums’ merger? Some in Richmond worried that the story of the Confederacy would be lost, but most people have lauded the merger, which simply places Confederate history in the larger narrative of an American crisis. Richmond is a diverse city continuing to reconcile and embrace…

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