Nation Topics - Historical People | The Nation

Topic Page

Nation Topics - Historical People


News and Features

With the nomination of Louis D. Brandeis, the Supreme Court gets its first Jewish justice.

The Nation's critic fails to catch Beatlemania.

A Jewish man in Georgia is jailed and lynched for a crime everyone knows he didn't commit.

Fidel Castro says his country is in desperate shape and can
only be rescued by a revolutionary government.

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.

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.


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