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Books and Ideas
Books and Ideas news and analysis from The Nation
November 17, 1887
The Haymarket Executions
A brief report on the execution of four anarchists for the Haymarket bombing of 1884.
November 27, 1884
Mr. Barnum on Museums
He may have said a sucker is born every minute, but the great showman defends his museum as the real deal in a letter to the editor.
April 13, 1882
Brigandage and Piety
Jesse James may have been a robber and a thief, but at least he was a member in good standing of his church.
September 9, 1875
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address
How Lincoln wrote his great speech--told by someone who was there.
August 20, 1874
The Beecher-Tilton Scandal
You want a good sex scandal? This one from the nineteenth century had it all—and more.
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June 16, 1870
Beloved for his generous spirit as much as for his brilliant work, the news of Charles Dickens's death has prompted a worldwide outpouring of grief.
November 18, 1869
The Vanderbilt Memorial
"The Commodore's acts have touched the public, more or less nearly, in a spot which is tender."
April 30, 1868
The Probable Effect of the Impeachment Trial
Americans exercise their good sense by not caring much about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.
February 21, 1867
The Social Evil and Its Remedy
says that the solution to the problem of prostitution is regulation.
September 21, 1865
Reconstruction: The Danger of the Hour
What exactly will be reconstructed?