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News and Analysis from The Nation on History
March 28, 1912
Lawrence Strike and IWW: Syndicalism
The IWW takes the fight for syndicalism to Lawrence, Massachusetts.
is having none of it.
April 28, 1910
Mark Twain: Two Frontiersmen
This time, reports of his death weren't greatly exaggerated.
July 28, 1892
Berkman Shoots Frick
Alexander Berkman may have been the trigger man, but
says the blame for the shooting of Henry C. Frick falls directly on the Homestead strikers.
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.
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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.
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."