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A new volume collects African-American folk tales that foreshadow contemporary debates about cultural ownership and appropriation.
February 21, 2018
In the Cuban Sphere
Was Cuba under Castro a model for anti-imperialism in Latin America or a source of instability in the region?
February 15, 2018
Life Among the Bundists
Through his family history, Mark Mazower maps the upheavals and dislocations of early 20th-century Europe and Russia.
February 8, 2018
The Presidential Empire
Has the American presidency become overwhelmed by its ever-expanding powers?
Karen J. Greenberg
February 7, 2018
Organized Labor’s Lost Generations
Unions have struggled to make substantial gains since the ’70s, but not for the reasons historians think.
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February 5, 2018
50 Years Ago Today, Late-Night TV Woke Us
Harry Belafonte’s week hosting the
show brought together the best of the ’60s—and prefigured the era’s decline.
February 5, 2018
The Extraordinary Stories of Claribel Alegría
The spirit of their romance lies in the fact that they are true.
February 2, 2018
One Person’s Terrorist? Reflections on Zohra Drif’s Memoir of the Algerian Revolution
Is the civilian population of a colonial-settler regime ever a legitimate military target?
Bill Fletcher Jr.
February 1, 2018
The Men Who Made the Third Reich
How Hitler and the Nazis came to power.
Richard J. Evans
January 31, 2018
How the Spanish-American War Helped Lay the Groundwork for American Empire
Stephen Kinzer's new history captures how the United States has long been a country guided by both imperialist and isolationist instincts.