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Slavery news and analysis from The Nation

  • May 4, 2005


    A misleading history of the Underground Railroad.

    Drew Faust

  • May 4, 2005

    The Avenging Angel

    For abolitionist John Brown, equality was not a theoretical stance but a daily practice.

    Martin Duberman

  • January 27, 2005

    Intolerable Cruelty

    On May 22, 1787, nine Quakers and three Anglicans gathered in a London print shop with the express purpose of doing something about the international slave trade.

    Daniel Lazare

  • November 11, 2004

    Masters of Their Universe

    Beginning in the fifteenth century, Africa, Europe and the Americas came together in the Atlantic to create new economies, new cultures and new societies.

    Ira Berlin

  • July 1, 2004

    True Patriotism

    The Fourth of July is traditionally a time for reading the Declaration of Independence and listening to patriotic speeches.

    Eric Foner


  • April 8, 2004

    L’Amérique, Mon Amour

    Along with the Bible and Moby-Dick, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America has got to be one of the world’s least-read classics.

    Daniel Lazare

  • February 26, 2004

    Was Strom a Rapist?

    Months after Strom Thurmond's African-American daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, stepped into history, commentators continue to step around the most explosive aspect of this controversy wi

    Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

  • December 18, 2003

    Skeletons in the Closet

    Editor’s Note: Due to an unfortunate glitch in production, two lines are missing from the printed version of Daniel Lazare’s essay. They have been restored in this version.

    Daniel Lazare

  • December 11, 2003

    Weapons of the Weak

    African-American history, broadly defined, continues to be the most innovative and exciting field in American historical studies.

    George M. Fredrickson

  • December 4, 2003

    Letter From South Carolina

    Shortly after Strom Thurmond died, the flags at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia were lowered to half-staff. Every flag except one, that is.

    Paul Wachter