The Nation

on May 3, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
James Brown

Reviewing a collection of new books by and about James Brown, as well as a multi-disc compilation of his music, in 1991, Gene Santoro—The Nation’s longtime music critic, wrote:

In many ways, his life reflects in intensified form the contradictions many African-Americans feel about this country’s promise even when they affirm the myth they’re only...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on May 1, 2015 - 17:11 PM ET
Donetsk bus station destroyed by shelling

Stephen Cohen, contributing editor at The Nation, joined The John Batchelor Show on Tuesday to talk about the historical contest between the West and the East, from the Cold War up to the...

Foreign Policy, Politics, World
on May 1, 2015 - 16:17 PM ET

This post is part of The Nation’s biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts first-person updates on youth organizing. For recent dispatches, check out April 10 and April 24....

Education, Activism, Politics
on May 1, 2015 - 16:10 PM ET
Chicago teachers' strike

A new report out today asks why black women—who are overrepresented in low-wage sectors of the economy that have produced recent organizing successes, including in retail and fast food—aren’t a stronger presence in labor movement leadership. The report, called “And Still I Rise” and published by the Institute for Policy Studies, asks what it will take for these women to lead the movement and change...

on May 1, 2015 - 14:21 PM ET
A daguerreotype of fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 18

Last week, Columbia University presented the Bancroft Award to two books that directly address the relationship of capitalism, slavery, expansion, and empire: my The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World and Sven Beckert’s ...

on May 1, 2015 - 11:58 AM ET
United Workers' Concert for Fair Development rally

Freddie Gray died after he tried to run from the police. Some might think he was wrong for provoking a chase, but the thousands of people now protesting across the country know that getting killed as a consequence of running away is like getting killed for trying to breathe: you can’t be blamed for wanting to bolt when the system is...