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James Baldwin

Baldwin yielded to nobody in his quest to weed racism out of the American garden—root and branch.

The essays in Some Truths Are Not Self-Evident remind us that Zinn was not just a historian: he was also deeply involved in the major twentieth-century struggles for social justice in the United States.

Richard Nixon

Neither Congress nor the courts have taken the exam­ple to heart and stood firmly against presidential crimes or serious misconduct.

Smoking Gun cover

Watergate itself is “smoking gun” proof of that old axiom about the corruption of power.

That was when the Bureau of Investigation—the forerunner of today’s FBI—first opened a file on the magazine.

Obama

The making of the US surveillance state, 1898–2020.

Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens

Both Lincoln and The Nation’s 1860s editors underestimated radicals’ contributions to abolitionism.

Though the Cuban Missile Crisis was fifty years ago, imperial America and the threat of nuclear war remains. 

Election politics today are little more than advertising. But it wasn't always that way. 

Blogs

"The decisive confrontation between the constitutionalists who want peace and the militarists who want war is close at hand."

April 28, 2015

The Nation's critic in 1931 said the museum would abet the snobbery that believes "American painting is a second-rate affair."

April 27, 2015

"It was as if all South Africans, black, white and “coloreds” alike, were voting for the first time in their lives."

April 27, 2015

“Are there no gentlemen left in in American public life?”

April 25, 2015

“That the recent outbreak was so inept as to be almost idiotic must be evident to the minds of all but the Irishmen who took part in it.”

April 24, 2015

"Art is artifice," a Nation critic once wrote in an essay on Shakespeare. "But the artifices owes its meaning to the fact that it has, here and there, its pertinence to life."

April 23, 2015

We look back to the time when a science columnist wrote up one possible replacement for "the fossil fuel which is now so important an element in the existing order of human society."

April 22, 2015

“It is an operation—however well meaning, however many good people involved—that is, at its core, a shuck.”

April 22, 2015

“It is a miracle of literature, this rapture maintained at so high a pitch over so long a time.”

April 21, 2015