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History news and analysis from The Nation
January 2, 1998
Death of a Legendary Hero
The riots of 1968 are bound to change the way that history views the political career of Charles de Gaulle.
August 14, 1995
Mythologizing the Bomb
The beauty of the atomic scientists' calculations hid from them the truly Faustian contract they scratched their names to.
June 11, 1988
William F. Buckley Lived Off Evil As Mold Lives Off Garbage
A not-too-fond remembrance of “Squire Willie,” patron saint of post-World War II American conservatism.
January 11, 1986
Requiem for the American Empire
“Empires are restless organisms. They must constantly renew themselves; should an empire start leaking energy, it will die.”
June 21, 1980
Fred Rodell is largely forgotten these days, but as the "bad boy of American legal academia" he inspired several generations of Yale Law School students to think differently about their chosen profession. Sidney Zion was one of them.
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December 25, 1976
Was Fred Hampton Executed?
Seven years after the shootings of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark by the Chicago police, a civil suit reveals the sordid details behind the assassination.
February 5, 1973
Roe v. Wade
The Supreme Court gives women the right to choose while also rendering an important lesson on the practical workings of democracy.
September 27, 1971
Slaughter at Attica
New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller turns a prison-wide protest into a wholesale slaughter.
May 6, 1968
Ho Chi Minh: From ‘Prison Diary’
The Vietnamese leader is also a poet.
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December 21, 1964
The Free Speech Movement
When protester Jack Weinberg told a reporter, "Don't trust anyone over 30," the '60s youth movement was born.