American Heritage Articles

Blackface: the Sad History of Minstrel Shows
by Edwin S. Grosvenor and Robert C. Toll

For most of the 1800s, whites in blackface performed in widely popular minstrel shows, creating racist stereotypes that endured for more than a century.

Escape from the Warsaw Ghetto
by Judy Batalion

Vladka Meed joined the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto, eventually managed to escape, and helped hundreds of children survive Nazi roundups. From our June 2021 issue.

Was the Presidential Election Stolen?
by Roy Morris Jr.

There was widespread fraud, especially in the swing state of Florida. We are talking, of course, about 1876. From the Winter 2021 issue.

Revenge of the Nevada
by Ed Offley

The recent discovery of the hull of the Nevada recalls her dramatic action at Pearl Harbor and the battleship's ultimate revenge on D-Day as the first ship to fire on the Nazis. From the June 2021 issue.

The New View Of Reconstruction
by Eric Foner

One of many American Heritage articles often assigned to students, this seminal 1983 essay by Columbia professor Eric Foner pointed out that whatever you thought you knew about the post-Civil War era was probably wrong in light of recent study.
Prof. Foner expanded the essay into a book that won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1989.

Last Ghastly Moments at the Little Bighorn
by John Stands-in-Timber

A Cheyenne historian whose grandfather was in the battle sheds new light on the slaughter of Custer and his troopers. From our April 1966 issue.