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Campaigns and Elections
November 3, 2017
A New York Constitutional Convention Would Be Good for Democracy
The case for a constitutional convention in New York State.
November 2, 2017
The US Constitution Is Over 2 Centuries Old and Showing Its Age
To fix our broken system, we need a new constitutional convention.
October 23, 2017
‘We Have Not a Government’: The US Before the Constitution
An interview with George William Van Cleve, author of a new book about a period of crisis that offers tools for thinking about our own.
May 29, 2017
‘The America and the World of Our Dreams—How Far Away They Seem on This Memorial Day!’
Ninety-nine years ago, an editorial in the magazine pleaded for “a world freed from the burden of mutual national distrust and hatred and deceit.”
May 15, 2017
Empire, Conquest, and the War America Forgot
The historian William Hogeland talks about the first war the United States ever fought and the “problematic and thorny and painful” questions his new book raises.
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April 18, 2017
‘Trump Is Just Tearing Off the Mask’: An Interview with Eric Foner
The esteemed American historian talks about his new book, the politics of history, and the meaning of “a usable past.”
February 21, 2017
Forget the Musical—Alexander Hamilton’s Real Legacy Is the Poverty-Stricken City He Founded
So why are the leaders of Paterson, NJ, so eager to capitalize on his memory?
February 8, 2017
Are We on the Verge of Another Civil War?
The historian David Armitage didn’t intend his new book to be a “handbook for our times.” But that’s just what it is.
January 9, 2017
Nat Hentoff, Freedom Fighter
The legendary critic, who died recently at the age of 91, passionately defended freedom of expression in jazz, politics, and life.
November 30, 2016
Post-Truth and Its Consequences: What a 25-Year-Old Essay Tells Us About the Current Moment
“We are rapidly becoming prototypes of a people that totalitarian monsters could only drool about in their dreams,” a
writer said in 1992.