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The war in Europe is over, but while the Allies are victorious, the evil that the Nazis represented remains to be eradicated.

Ethel and Julius Rosenberg get the death penalty for a crime that no one seems sure they committed.

On April 12, 1945, America mourns its greatest president
since Lincoln.

The midterm elections don't portend well for the possibility of a second Hoover administration.

President Hoover's slim chance at re-election probably ended with his heavy-handed treatment of the unemployed veterans who came to Washington seeking relief.

The memoir of Nathan Leopold, one of the twentieth century's most notorious murderers.

Russia hopes the Dumbarton Oaks Conference will ensure peace.

The author remembers his childhood friend Jack, who was about to leave a real mark on America when his life was cut short.

The Federal Theatre Project presented plays that made audiences think. That's what made them so richly rewarding--but too dangerous for Congress to stomach.

With SNCC's new chairman Stokely Carmichael and his chant for "black power" the civil rights movement takes on a different tone.

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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

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

April 20, 2015