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Nation History

Nation History news and analysis from The Nation

  • 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.”

    Gore Vidal

  • June 30, 1969

    Space Is Not Black

    Days before the Apollo 11 launch in 1969, The Nation lamented a government that spent freely on white astronauts, engineers, and contractors, but could not find jobs at home for its black population.

    Jack Robertson

  • January 13, 1969

    The Moon Will Wait

    In early 1969, Nation editors were skeptical about the space race, and NASA’s “juvenile, brutal approach” in rushing to get a man on the moon.

    The Nation

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