Daylight Video

The United States acquired Alaska on this day in 1867. Here’s Johnny Horton performing “North to Alaska”–the title track for the John Wayne movie playing off Alaska’s statehood–not long before his untimely death in 1960.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.