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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • November 14, 1981

    Some Jews & The Gays

    Vidal on the new upper-middle-class Jewish hate of homosexuals.

    Gore Vidal

  • November 1, 1980

    Notes on the House of Bondage

    Baldwin sheds light on the state of America by surveying the dispiriting array of candidates for the 1980 presidential race.

    James Baldwin

  • 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 9, 1964

    Hammer of Civil Rights

    "Exactly one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation for them, Negroes wrote their own document of freedom in their own way."

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • October 23, 1929

    It Seems to Heywood Broun

    Baseball is deservedly known as our national sport, for in the World Series just ended in triumph for the Athletics it was evident that the games contained most of the characteristic phases of American life: shrewdness, skill, sentimentality and downright luck. 

    Heywood Broun