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  • July 21, 2016

    Across the Border

    A new biography of William Henry Ellis reminds us how much we still don’t know about the elusive history of racial subterfuge in America.

    Michael A. Elliott

  • July 15, 2016

    Out of Sight, Top of Mind

    A new book conveys the powerful role photography plays in sports. But the photographers are still something of a mystery.

    Ian F. Blair

  • July 12, 2016

    The Political Uses of Malcolm X’s Image

    For Muslim youth, interest in the black freedom movement is part of a larger turn toward an American conception of race—it fills a political void and offers a sense of belonging. But at what cost?

    Hisham Aidi

  • July 7, 2016

    The Insufficiency of Pan-Africanism as We Know It

    The fact that many people identify, however loosely, with being African doesn’t replace the need for the services that only a government can provide.

    Anakwa Dwamena

  • July 6, 2016

    Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices

    At a time when populism is in vogue, the Nobel Laureate has gone in the opposite direction. We need to read her and listen to the people she hears.

    John Palattella

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  • June 23, 2016

    A Supreme Legacy

    The conservative legacy of the Burger Court lives on in the precedents it set.

    Thomas Healy

  • June 22, 2016

    How Not to Study Donald Trump

    The “Trump Studies” syllabus was intended to mock his bigotry; instead, it served as a perfect example of white racism in academia.

    Greg Grandin

  • June 22, 2016

    Now He’s Amazed

    A stalwart critic of Paul McCartney becomes a fan.

    David Hajdu

  • June 20, 2016

    USPS vs. Congress

    If ever there was a time to make a case for the Postal Service’s necessity in American civic, political, and cultural life, it may have already passed.

    Nathan Smith

  • June 16, 2016

    Bad Intelligence

    David Price’s long battle against anthropology’s collaborations with the national-security state.

    Peter C. Baker