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Slavery news and analysis from The Nation
June 20, 2018
The Generational Trauma of Separating Families
The roots of Trump’s child-detention policy are in American history.
Patricia J. Williams
June 8, 2018
Ira Berlin, 1941–2018
Remembering a man who transformed scholarship on slavery and African-American culture.
June 7, 2018
What Does Diversity Look Like at HBCUs?
Are HBCUs simply changing with the times, or are they relinquishing an important black presence?
May 23, 2018
Zora Neale Hurston and the Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade’s Last Survivor
Even after Emancipation, Kossula Oluales spent the rest of his life trying to recover what was lost.
December 13, 2017
The Second Klan
Linda Gordon’s new book captures how white supremacy has long been part of our political mainstream.
Kevin M. Kruse
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October 26, 2017
Confronting the Legacy of the Civil War: The Forgotten Front
The conflict was fought by proxy in the West, but one thing united the warring factions: the doctrine of white supremacy and genocidal violence against Indians.
October 26, 2017
Lincoln: The Great Uncompromiser
He fought to remake the center—not yield to it.
August 17, 2017
Political Conflict Over Historical Monuments, From Charlottesville to Moscow
Today’s conflicts over American slavery and Stalin’s Great Terror reveal similar controversies as well as an unknown Putin.
Stephen F. Cohen
May 1, 2017
7 Things Donald Trump Gets Absolutely Wrong About Andrew Jackson
Trump imagines Jackson, a slaveholder, as a “big hearted” statesman who could have averted the Civil War.
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.”