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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 government just sold off the once-controversial land. Here’s what they should have done with it instead.

February 27, 2015

In one of the great hatchet jobs of Nation history, Robert Sherrill argued that even in the prime of his clipboard-enabled antics, Buckley was already “quite dead.”

February 27, 2015

Nation correspondent traveled to the canyon in 1893 and told readers back East what he saw.

February 26, 2015

The fear-besotted US was “in danger once again” The Nation warned, “of being left alone at the station as Lenin’s locomotive of history goes racing toward the future.”

February 25, 2015

The Nation wrote about the “South American Hitler” who was “providing safe haven for a band of international bankers, munitions makers, cartel directors, and war-mongers.”

February 24, 2015

The United States in the twenty-first century has not even attained the relatively enlightened moral standards of the war in the Philippines.

February 23, 2015

Mark Van Doren wrote 100 years later about the poet’s “plunges and dips and quivers of syntax.”

February 23, 2015

Recalling “the small and cheerful world” into which Washington was born… well, maybe if you were rich, male and white.

February 22, 2015

The Nation gave Thompson his first big break in journalism in 1965.

February 20, 2015

The Nation had a few questions about Nixon’s change of mind: Why, how and when?

February 20, 2015