In This Issue
Explore the April 1861 print edition below. Or to discover more writing from the pages of The Atlantic, browse the full archive.
Life in the Iron Mills
"This is what I want you to do. I want you to hide your disgust, take no heed to your clean clothes, and come right down with me—here, into the thickest of the fog and foul effluvia. I want you to hear this story."
The Reign of King Cotton
In 1861, the grandson of President John Quincy Adams (and great-granson of President John Adams) argued that the nature of the cotton trade itself contained the seeds of slavery's demise
Charleston Under Arms
A Connecticut Yankee visits Charleston during the Fort Sumter standoff
The Professor's Story
Cities and Parks: With Special Reference to the New York Central Park
Glimpses of Garibaldi
Two or Three Troubles
Descriptive Ethnology/Anthropologie Der Naturvölker
Il Politecnico. Repertorio Mensile Di Studj Applicati Alla Prosperità E Coltura Sociale