December 1999

The Atlantic - December 1999

Ian Frazier, “On the Rez”; Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, “The Plight of the High-Status Woman”; Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, “Divided We Sprawl”; Leonard J. Leff, “Gone With the Wind and Hollywood's Racial Politics”; and much more.

  • Denmark Vesey, Forgotten Hero

    Who was Denmark Vesey, and why is there a sudden surge of interest in this little-known figure of American history? An Atlantic essay from 1861 helps to clarify.

  • On the Rez

    The writer, an admirer of Indian traditions of freedom and heroism, visits an old friend on the Pine Ridge Reservation, explores the place, and discovers a modern-day Indian hero

  • Assistance

    Going back to her parents' small house was like entering a foreign force field, where the normal rules of transaction—logic and reason and predictability—seemed suspended.

  • Divided We Sprawl

    A call for the reinvention of the American city and suburb that would exploit the infrastructure of the one and mitigate the "frantic privacy" of the other.

  • Streamlining My Life

    It's not so hard to get help these days, but it's hard to get the help you want.

  • The Near North

    There have always been good reasons to visit Iceland's exotic desolation, but next year will bring a few new ones

  • "Gone With the Wind" and Hollywood's Racial Politics

    Making Gone With the Wind, David O. Selznick discovered, meant dealing with fierce criticism from black newspapers and public officials.

  • Smoky Scotch

    Earth, air, water, fire -- the four elementscombine to create a fifth

  • The Plight of the High-Status Woman

    Recent fiction, essays, and self-help books (Dumped!, for one) suggest that a harsh new mating system is emerging.

  • A Third Way for the Third World

    DEVELOPMENT AS FREEDOM LAST year, shortly after he was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics, Amartya Sen returned to…

  • Brief Reviews

    by Laurie Winn Carlson.Ivan R. Dee, 197 pages, $24.95.

  • 77 North Washington Street

    IAN Frazier, the author of this month's cover story, displays a quintessentially American impulse: he is drawn toward the West. He has moved…

  • Letters

    Dow 36,000 Slave Redemption. Generation X Livestock Grazing. Advice & Consent. Dow 36,000 In "Dow 36,000" (September Atlantic),…

  • The Almanac

    Government Two large-scale hand-overs of territory take place this month. The last U.S. troops leave the Panama Canal Zone on December 31,…

  • Word Watch

    LURD, also LUrD a living, unrelated donor: "It is believed to be the first transplant from a living donor with no prior relationship to the…


The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."


What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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