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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.
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.
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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.
November 22, 2016
What Time Is It? Here’s What the 2016 Election Tells Us About Obama, Trump, and What Comes Next
Political scientist Stephen Skowronek talks about how his theory of the cycles of presidential history explains the campaign’s shocking results.
September 23, 2016
‘The Nation’ Has New Digs
From our new offices crosstown, we can see not only the Hudson River but a good stretch of our own history.
Cultural Criticism and Analysis
May 12, 2016
Let’s Not Forget Socialism in the Resurrection of Socialist Art
William Gropper’s art offers a lasting lesson in how useful pencils and paintbrushes can be in the fight against the exploitation of the many for the profit of the few.
Racism and Discrimination
May 11, 2016
The Roots of Today’s Racism and Police Violence, in an ‘Inconceivably Brutal’ Riot 150 Years Ago
“The police headed the butchery” in Memphis in May of 1866,
reported at the time, “and occupied themselves in shooting down every colored person, of whatever sex, of whom they got a glimpse.”