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Nixon and Kissinger fiddle and Chile burns.

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

How Lincoln wrote his great speech--told by someone who was there.

What exactly will be reconstructed?

What hath Mrs. O'Leary's cow wrought?

Two months after VE Day, Meyer Levin visits Europe and is astonished to find that the Continent's Jewish community has been annihilated. Even the few survivors can't believe it.

The Interstate Commerce Commission says yes to Jim Crow.

Five years after a massacre, a Salvadoran town still battles for survival against US-backed military forces.

Americans exercise their good sense by not caring much about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

The agreement among the Big Three at the Crimean Conference could provide the road map for a lasting peace.


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