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By overplaying his hand, Orval Faubus may have unintentionally done more to advance civil rights than anyone since Abraham Lincoln.

The man who spread the gospel of the assembly line launches
a new crusade--for peace in Europe.

The grimy Chicago meatpacking industry was nothing compared to the sordid world of California politics.

Nixon and Kissinger fiddle and Chile burns.

He was such a great general that two disastrous terms as president did little to dim his star.

Was there an American who didn't love Will Rogers whose death along with aviator Wiley Post in an Alaskan airplane crash shocks and saddens the entire country.

Who is this Chicago gangster known as 'Scarface'?

It's anybody's guess about what kind of president Theodore Roosevelt will turn out to be.

Our greatest female aviator disappears off the map somewhere in the South Pacific. Had she been familiar with Morse Code, she might have survived when her plane went down.

The House of Representatives chooses Panama over Nicaragua for America's ambitious plan to dig a canal.


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