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A nation's conscience is stirred by the abandonment of the poor and
the frail: This may be the one bright spot of the man-made disaster on the
Gulf Coast. Eric Foner gives a history lesson.

The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist
Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.

Two recent books on Tom Paine and on the unruly birth of US democracy reveal that liberal historians have become believers in the 'radicalism' of the American Revolution.

The story of the American products, producers and salesman that took over Europe in the last century.

Paul Johnson and Christopher Hitchens's new books on the Founding Fathers.

Studs diagnoses a national Alzheimer's disease.

Visiting the Lincoln Museum and exposing a dark chapter in the town's history.

If America had agreed to a nuclear-free world, we wouldn't face threats today.

The faith of our Founding Fathers definitely wasn't Christianity.

On May 22, 1787, nine Quakers and three Anglicans gathered in a London print shop with the express purpose of doing something about the international slave trade.


In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”

August 14, 2014

The quagmire of the Vietnam War was built on a “queasy foundation of fact and myth.”

July 31, 2014

"About nothing does the mob forget so quickly as about war."

July 28, 2014

Reflections on the meaning of the French Revolution in the shadow of Adolf Hitler.

July 14, 2014

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