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  • 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

  • February 21, 2002

    Denmark Vesey: A New Verdict

    A historian questions whether he led a slave revolt, but his heroism still stands.

    Jon Wiener