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Fred Shuttlesworth

The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, a giant of the civil rights movement known for his decades of work in support of desegregation, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama.

Carl Oglesby

I'm not capable of accurately describing the kindness, intensity and melancholy that were alloyed in Carl's character, or the profound role he played in deepening our commitment to the anti-war movement.

Betty Williams

The robust Nation of today is the child of many parents, but the largest and oldest political weekly in the country owes a great debt to Betty Williams for her indispensable role during those rebuilding years.

Claudette Munson

The latter-day Mother Jones pushed her defense contractor employer to turn its swords into plowshares.

Mark Hatfield

Former Senator Mark Hatfield was a hero to many of us who consider ourselves "New Evangelicals."

Lucian Freud

Freud made the case through his art that no body type inherently possesses more capacity to compel than another.

Andrew Boyd

Andrew Boyd was a prolific journalist and popular historian who for decades enlivened the Belfast writing scene with his trenchant opinions and researches into the city's history and politics who recently passed away.

E.M. Broner

A tribute to the writer, feminist and modern-day matriarch. 

Clara Luper

Luper’s courage at a young age helped change the course of race relations in Oklahoma City.

Blogs

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

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014

Jonathan’s unique ability to build bridges brought together this child of a red-diaper baby with a core member of LBJ’s war cabinet in common cause.

June 13, 2014

China has changed a lot in twenty-five years, but there are still valuable lessons to be learned from the Tiananmen protesters. 

June 9, 2014

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

A brilliant author who organized with Dr. King and served on the staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

May 28, 2014

He’d been Pynchon-like until then but somehow I coaxed him, via snail mail, into his first major interview, for my magazine, Crawdaddy, in 1977.

May 21, 2014

As a student and politician and activist, Gaylord Nelson kept his eyes open. 

April 22, 2014

As Leonard Cohen once put it, “We asked for signs/and signs were sent.”

April 20, 2014

How Mickey Rooney’s Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream changed Vidal’s life.

April 7, 2014