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Biography news and analysis from The Nation
October 19, 2017
The Loneliness of Elizabeth Bishop
Using antique verse structures to expose and heal her personal wounds, the poet often hid in plain sight.
October 12, 2017
The Power Politics of Arthur Schlesinger
What was Schlesinger’s “vital center”?
October 9, 2017
Che Guevara: Lessons From a Revolutionary Life
Fifty years after Che Guevara’s death,
interviews his biographer, Jon Lee Anderson.
August 10, 2017
The Two Andrew Jacksons
Jacksonian democracy may have been liberating for some, but it was repressive for many others.
August 8, 2017
George McGovern’s Alternative Path for the Democratic Party
His populism and internationalism provide an excellent foundation for a badly needed new approach by the American left.
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July 25, 2017
The Left’s Opportunity in Wisconsin
Progressive politics once thrived in the state, and the need for it still exists.
July 13, 2017
Letters From the July 31-August 7, 2017, Issue
Friend in the end… Pyrrhic impeachment… Defending the fourth estate… Backlash as whiplash…
July 12, 2017
Martin Luther’s Revolution
The Protestant Reformation transformed not just Christianity but also our political and economic worlds.
June 14, 2017
E.P. Thompson’s Search for a New Popular Front
Despite a lifetime of political disappointments, the historian never gave up on the prospects of a broad left-wing social movement.
June 13, 2017
What Caused the Russian Revolution?
How historians narrate 1917 tells us as much about their politics as it does about what we can learn from the revolution’s failures.