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Coming Up In American Heritage

June 2024
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Revolutionary anniversary

Two hundred years ago this July, the tinderbox of the Old World was kindled by sparks from the New; the French monarchy fell in chaos and terror; and we’ve been feeling the effects ever since. In the next issue a special section examines the long and fascinating connection between France and America.

Liberté, egalité, animosité

France helped win our Revolution for us. Why were we so dubious about hers? Carry Wills explains.

Lafayette, you are here!

The wildly popular Marquis de Lafayette left his name on an astonishing number of American towns—and objects. Herewith, a fine collection of Marquiserie.

Divine emissary

Between the coming of the Statue of Liberty and the coming of the First World War, the great actress Sarah Bernhardt was the most tangible tie with France for tens of thousands of Americans.

Paris, 1924

In the 1924 Olympics America beat the French at a game upon which they particularly prided themselves: rugby. The story is a sort of savage and hilarious Chariots of Fire .

Plus …

Secrets of the Model T … Thomas Jefferson at his most compulsive … a superb Connecticut camerawoman … and, because history’s bitter lessons spur the editors always to seek to satisfy rising expectations, more.

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