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Maybe C. Wright Mills's greatest legacy was a decade of activism and rebellion.

The humanist social critic whose work helped lay the groundwork for the upheavals of the 1960s.

During the 1932 presidential campaign when there seemed to be little separating the Republicans from the Democrats, Socialist Party leader Norman Thomas found a new audience for the party's progressive platform.

The Nation follows Norman Thomas as he campaigns for the
presidency on the Socialist ticket in 1928. While he had no chance of winning, his campaign was seen as a success.

Flawed and flamboyant, the charismatic Jesse Jackson wasn't the perfect candidate, but his idealism led The Nation to endorse his bid for the White House.

At the National Women's Party convention, party leaders spurned black women who sought to be included in the suffragist agenda.

A not-too-fond remembrance of "Squire Willie,"
patron saint of post-World War II American conservatism.

'Hello, Goodbye' is now just goodbye.

The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks's actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.

While Michael Jackson's 2005 trial was appalling, it was not the stuff of ordinary tabloid catharsis; there was not an unsullied soul within fifty miles of the courthouse.

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The first page, from 1960s, says Vidal made disparaging remarks about J. Edgar Hoover.

July 29, 2013

Protecting freedom does not mean shielding a market from restrictions—it means fighting for economic justice and equality. 

November 5, 2012

Upton Sinclair led one of the greatest mass movements in US history, and his political career has a lot to teach us about politics today.

October 12, 2010

Stephen Ambrose said he spent hundreds of hours interviewing Ike. The Eisenhower library says he didn't.

April 20, 2010

Martin Luther King's words in 1967 are still relevant to today's war, as the Wikileaks tape shows.

April 7, 2010

 Organized labor takes on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln in a pair of new ads.

April 5, 2010

Howard Zinn, my hero, teacher, and friend died of a heart attack on Wednesday at the age of 87. With his death, we lose a man who did nothing less than rewrite the narrative of the United States. We lose a historian who also made history.

January 28, 2010

All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for the presidency on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic "I have a dream" speech. He was inaugurated the day after our national holiday celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. King. Many asked if Obama's presidency was the realization of King's dream. Cultural products, from t-shirts to YouTube videos, linked Obama's election to King's legacy.

January 17, 2010