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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?
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.
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.
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June 23, 2016
A Supreme Legacy
The conservative legacy of the Burger Court lives on in the precedents it set.
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.
June 22, 2016
Now He’s Amazed
A stalwart critic of Paul McCartney becomes a fan.
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.
June 16, 2016
David Price’s long battle against anthropology’s collaborations with the national-security state.
Peter C. Baker