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Harry Truman sits with White House counsel Clark Clifford in Key West in 1949

John Judis’s provocative history of US foreign policy toward Israel

Immanuel Velikovsky at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Immanuel Velikovsky’s strange quest for a scientific theory of everything

How Georgi Markov became the truth-teller of Bulgaria’s communist era, and paid for it with his life.

Mandans gathering buffalo berries, 1908. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis

Elizabeth Fenn, the Mandans and a renaissance in historical writing.

Vietnam War timeline

The Pentagon’s whitewashed history of the Vietnam War provokes troubling questions about how the invasion of Iraq will one day be remembered.

Al From

Failing upward at the Democratic Leadership Council with Al From.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson reconsiders the connection between slavery and capitalism.

Fugitive African-Americans fording the Rappahannock River, 1862

David Brion Davis’s pathbreaking study of the problem of slavery.

Abraham Cahan in the late 1930s

Like a lot of red revolutionaries, Abraham Cahan ended up to the right of where he began.

Blogs

The underlying philosophy of the National Front remains almost exactly the same as it was under Jean-Marie Le Pen.

March 1, 2014

An article in our pages in 1919 helped rescue the long-deceased scribe from obscurity and secured him a prominent place in the American canon.

January 4, 2014

President Hoover's holiday proclamation was offensive to millions of poor and unemployed Americans, our 'Drifter' columnist wrote.

November 23, 2013

John F. Kennedy and the 1950 Senate contest in California.

November 19, 2013

Was there more to JFK than a coiffure arranged by facing south in a strong east wind?

November 9, 2013

Ramachandra Guha’s essay in next week’s issue is only the latest in a long line of critical appreciations of the late historian’s work to be published in The Nation.

November 2, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

Is “collaborators” too strong a word for movie bosses dealing with the Hitler regime?

September 24, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013