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Conversations with historian John Hope Franklin and civil rights heroes about race, memory and the possibility of change.

In the debut of a new biweekly series, the author of Human Smoke discusses pacifism and World War II.

Five years ago this week, US troops stood by as mobs sacked Iraq's revered National Library and Archives. Despite little outside help, a cultural treasure soldiers on.

Two new books examine the history of the first women's rights campaign.

The new positive rights of the twenty-first century.

We must embrace the universal benefits of a government dedicated to preparing citizens for acompetitive and unpredictable world.

Revisionist histories of the Vietnam War challenge the notion that the South Vietnam government was a dysfunctional pseudo-state.

In Nicholson Baker's cut-and-paste history, the "good war" is bad.

The New Deal demonstrated the power of government to address failures of the market, and to retreat once it was no longer needed

The ethos of the New Deal is only more prescient and pressing today.


The Nation’s predictive capacities were pretty mixed.

June 28, 2014

The first modern war created the modern Nation.

June 16, 2014

‘Wide and luminous’ or ‘grid-locked and addled on speed’?

May 22, 2014

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