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Politics news and analysis from The Nation

  • July 19, 1980

    The Rise of Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 in rural Illinois.

    E.L. Doctorow

  • July 11, 1966

    A Report from Occupied Territory

    Negroes have always held, the lowest jobs, the most menial jobs, which are now being destroyed by automation. No remote provision has yet been made to absorb this labor surplus. Furthermore, the Negro's education, North and South, remains, almost totally, a segregated education. And, the police treat the Negro like a dog.

    James Baldwin

  • March 14, 1966

    The Last Steep Ascent

    New obstacles should not be deplored but welcomed because their presence proves we are closer to the ultimate decision.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • March 30, 1963

    A Bold Design for a New South

    In 1963, he cautioned that the American people had mistaken token victories for real progress on racial justice.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • April 25, 1956

    Traffic in Dope: Medical Problem

    The disastrous consequences of turning over to the police what is an essentially medical problem are steadily becoming more apparent' as narcotic arrests rise each year to new records and the habit continues to spread, especially among young people. Control by prohibition has failed, but the proposed remedies for this failure consist mainly of more of the same measures which have already proved futile.

    Alfred R. Lindesmith

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  • August 31, 1946

    How to Elect a Progressive Congress

    It is highly important to elect Congressmen and Senators who sincerely believe that continuous full employment and full production should be our national objective.

    Henry A. Wallace

  • October 21, 1944

    The Negro Waits to See

    AS NOVEMBER approaches, the Presidential race seems to be too close for partisans of either side to take comfort.

    Walter F. White

  • February 10, 1940

    Fear is the Enemy

    Fear should not dictate our definition of democracy; a government should do all it can to protect and serve the basic liberties of all people.

    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • January 16, 1937

    The Pacifist’s Dilemma

    In capitalist America it is mad utopianism to believe that the government can be armed for international war against fascist aggression or can enter such a war at a price tolerable the American people or to mankind.

    Norman Thomas

  • January 27, 1932

    Birth Control, Religion and the Unfit

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes on the benefits of birth control, a practice which does not interfere with the pleasures of the unfit but saves society from their reduplication.

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman