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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. 

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"The Oklahoma City bombers were goaded to action not just by their private mad impulses but by a broader political culture."

April 19, 2015

“By infusing the black experience into the Southern novel, she enriches both it and us.”

April 18, 2015

“If they fail,” The Nation warned many months in advance, “the United States will lose face in an almost irreparable way.”

April 17, 2015

"The demand the Virginia Tech massacre places on the school, on Virginia, on all of us, is simple: Only connect."

April 16, 2015

The Nation's coverage of the flood reveals some unnerving parallels with Hurricane Katrina, eight decades later.

April 15, 2015

"The chapters in which Steinbeck halts the story to editorialize about American life are sometimes useful, but oftener pretentious and flatulent."

April 14, 2015

"How can you punish a man with so compelling a consciousness of the right?"

April 13, 2015

“To countless millions,” The Nation wrote, “he was America.”

April 12, 2015

“Staggeringly monstrous as Eichmann’s actions have been, there were causes for those actions and they can be comprehended.”

April 11, 2015

Utilitarian arguments for animal rights in The Nation from the year the ASPCA was founded.

April 10, 2015