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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

“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

Notoriously prickly about his press, Hitler wrote in to complain about a minor factual discepancy.

April 20, 2015

"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