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Not since Abraham Lincoln has the need for effective leadership and prompt, vigorous action been more imperative.

FDR's New Deal is blowing away Washington's old line powerbrokers on the strength of FDR's personality and his ability to use the radio to get his message across to the American people.

Not since Abraham Lincoln has the need for effective leadership and prompt, vigorous action been more imperative.

The author believes the makeup of FDR's cabinet bodes well. He also adds a few thoughts about the outgoing Hoover administration--none of them complimentary

While the whole world was watching, this is what Chicago's finest did.

It was a rigged convention, and the Chicago police were spoiling for a fight.

As they nominated FDR, Democratic conventioneers were more interested in grandstanding against prohibition than facing the nation's economic crisis.

When the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan as their presidential candidate, The Nation was skeptical.

A journey through the American heartland reveals the anger and desperation of the Great Depression.

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Each generation seems condemned to have to prove the obvious anew: slavery created the modern world, and the modern world’s divisions are the product of slavery.

May 1, 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

The League’s co-founder, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and a Nation staff editor, was known in the magazine’s offices for her habit of “absently nibbling raisins as she read clippings.”

April 8, 2015

“To say that it never went wrong would be to make a claim which, even if well grounded, nobody would acknowledge,” the magazine’s founding editor humble-bragged back in 1885.

March 16, 2015

In the winter of 2011, a revolution begins across the Arab world when Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali resigns following protests against government abuse and corruption.

January 14, 2015

Here is a little known fact about the famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail." 

January 20, 2014

It’s bad out there on Thanksgiving this year. A remembrance: in 1973, it was worse.

November 28, 2013

When momentum gathered to reign in the national security state in 1976, the powers that be struck back with a distraction campaign that worked.

July 2, 2013

Lincoln ordered the execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians for rebellion—but never ordered the execution of Confederate officials or generals.

December 26, 2012

The McGovern campaign marked a turning point in many lives, including John Lennon’s.

October 21, 2012