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History news and analysis from The Nation
August 28, 1935
The Death of Will Rogers
Was there an American who didn't love Will Rogers whose death along with aviator Wiley Post in an Alaskan airplane crash shocks and saddens the entire country.
February 10, 1932
Mahatma Gandhi Meets Romain Rolland
A visit with the 'king of India.'
November 11, 1931
Thomas Edison: In the Driftway
The Drifter remembers the great inventor.
October 5, 1927
Trotzky Answers Some Questions
An interview with the Communist Party's leading Trotskyist.
August 31, 1927
Massachusetts the Murderer
The state of Massachusetts committed murder when it put Sacco and Vanzetti to death, and the whole world knows it.
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September 8, 1926
Death of Valentino and Yellow Journalism
If not for the body laid out in the funeral home, one might have thought that the final illness and death of Rudolph Valentino was one great publicity stunt.
August 18, 1926
Here's one example of what can happen when women are freed from their corsets.
May 16, 1923
Felix Frankfurter: Joining the League
Should America join the League of Nations? The Harvard professor says the slogan "Join the League" offers too simple a solution for a complex question.
January 18, 1923
That Silent Cal's political success was largely the product of GOP mythmaking was hardly a secret, but in the Roaring Twenties hardly anyone cared.
Oswald Garrison Villard
February 7, 1920
Jack Dempsey: In the Driftway
The Drifter has some thoughts on the great fighter in the ring who was nowhere to be found when the call went out for soldiers to fight in the World War.