Showing Archived Posts

PLEASE Join!! Service Clubs Plead for Members

Posted August 30th, 2012 at 6:40 pm (UTC-4)
1 comment

America’s most famous traveler — besides Carol and me, I say with a wink — was actually a Frenchman: Alexis de Tocqueville.  He rode all over the young United States in the 1830s and produced a remarkable study of the American people. What amazed this young political thinker more than anything else was the influence […]

‘Boroughing’ in to New York City

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 11:59 am (UTC-4)

Writing about Ellis Island last time, I mentioned that the U.S. Supreme Court ended years of controversy over exactly where the old immigration station — now a museum — officially sits.  New York Harbor, of course.  In New Jersey waters, not New York’s, it turns out. Which got me thinking about another, nearby saga of […]

Ellis: Isle of Joy and Despair

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 6:35 pm (UTC-4)
Leave a comment

In the give and take over immigration policy in this country, it is sometimes correctly pointed out that we are all immigrants to this land.  Or descendants of one.  Even American Indians trace their lineage to peoples who crossed a land bridge from Asia. And at least one-third — some say 40 percent — of […]

Posted in American History

Rough Journey on the Underground Railroad

Posted August 9th, 2012 at 6:21 pm (UTC-4)

I have just returned from a cross-country trip, west to east.  I flew to California to collect Carol, who had spent the better part of three months taking photographs in that vast and varied state, and it was time to drive her and her caravan’s worth of equipment home. We crossed through drought country — […]

Ted Landphair


This is a far-ranging exploration of American life by a veteran Voice of America “Americana” reporter and essayist.

Ted writes about the thousands of places he has visited and written about as a broadcaster and book author. Ted Landphair’s America often showcases the work of his wife and traveling companion, renowned American photographer Carol M. Highsmith.

Ted welcomes feedback, questions, and ideas. View Ted’s profile. Watch a video about Ted and Carol by VOA’s Nico Colombant.

Photos by Carol M. Highsmith


August 2012
« Jul   Sep »