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Fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 1862

David Brion Davis’s pathbreaking study of the problem of slavery.

Abraham Cahan in the late 1930s

Like a lot of red revolutionaries, Abraham Cahan ended up to the right of where he began.

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch’s latest call-to-arms against the privatization of public schools.

Herman Melville

The main characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Benito Cereno represent the dark, corrupting branches of American imperialism.  

An installation view of Educational Complex (1995), by Mike Kelley

MFAs aren’t a problem: it’s artists being content with what they know.

Soviet stamp of Salvador Allende, 1973

A new history of Chile is a wrestling match between fatalism and optimism.

Blogs

 Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma?

July 11, 2011

Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011

On the late Daniel Bell, the very archetype of a committed liberal intellectual, and The New Republic's Marty Peretz, plus reader mail.

January 27, 2011

The president said many objectionable things in selling his tax- cut plan, but his assertions about America's history of compromising was too much to stomach.

December 8, 2010

You can get anything you want at... or can you? Tim Graham thinks not.

November 23, 2010

 A look back on John Lennon's New York years.

November 22, 2010

American culture from Saul Bellows to Janeane Garofalo to NPR.

October 14, 2010

Obama is aware of the danger of morphing into George W. Bush.

September 22, 2010