The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.
The events behind his story Benito Cereno are more than two centuries old, but the deceptions of racial inferiority that Melville exposes resonate today.
Fiorello La Guardia also took office in a time of crisis—and he was open to new ideas and bold reforms.
To what extent does Franco’s rule still dictate contemporary Spanish culture?
Kennedy’s presidency and assassination seem more elusive as the decades pass.
The life and work of Victor Serge represents the Russian democratic revolution that never was.
Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.
Inside the great social historian Eric Hobsbawm there was an aesthete waiting to come out.
Was World War I the outcome of elite machinations?
How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?