Eric Foner, a member of The Nation’s editorial board and the DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is the author, most recently, of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution.
The likely Bush cabinet will have some who have shown sympathy for the Southern Confederacy—a disturbing trend in the late twentieth century.
Abolishing the Electoral College is one way the Florida fiasco could be addressed.
American politicians are not noted for their historical self-consciousness.
The recent march in Columbia, South Carolina, demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from atop the state Capitol is the latest episode in a long-running debate over the legacy of sl
To the surprise of historians themselves, history--or at least its public presentation--has become big business.
Once before in American history, during the turbulent era
of Reconstruction that followed the Civil War, a President was impeached
by the House and tried before the Senate--Andrew Johnson.