Elinor Langer, a member of The Nation editorial board, is the author of Josephine Herbst (1983) and A Hundred Little Hitlers: The Death of a Black Man, the Trial of a White Racist and the Rise of the Neo-Nazi Movement in the United States (2003), which grew out of an issue-length report for The Nation in 1990.
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The first overseas acquisition of the United States was not Hawaii, but Midway, claimed under the Guano Act of 1856.
Here’s how the US Congress addressed the issue.
From our archives: The Nation addressed the question of annexation in 1898.
Some years ago, after I had completed a biography of the radical writer Josephine Herbst, I gave serious thought to writing a biography of Whittaker Chambers.