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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • June 3, 1999

    Hot-Wiring High School

    The International Student Activism Alliance has been run by and for high school students since its founding in 1996. Read this report by Liza Featherstone, originally published in the June 21, 1999 issue of The Nation.

    Liza Featherstone

  • May 27, 1999

    A Bronx Tale

    You're 19, single, on welfare. You breast-feed your baby because you know breast is best. When the baby fails to gain weight, your mother says not to worry, you were even smaller at that age.

    Katha Pollitt

  • May 27, 1999

    Emancipation Proclamation

    Upon his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind some 2,000 pages of a never-finished second novel--more than forty years of fine-tuning what his literary executor, John F.

    John Leonard

  • May 27, 1999

    Post-Littleton Gun Vote in the Senate

    When guns became the issue of the day,
    Republicans, as is their custom, put
    Their party right behind the NRA,
    And shot themselves quite badly in the foot.

    Calvin Trillin

  • May 20, 1999

    Smart Bombs

    There was quite an astonishing little item in the paper recently about the sort of thing that makes me glad I grew up in the inner city: i.e., the national proliferation of "assassination games"

    Patricia J. Williams

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  • May 20, 1999

    CCA, the Sequel

    James Neal is a short, muscular man with close-cropped hair who has spent the past twelve years behind bars for armed robbery.

    Eric Bates

  • May 13, 1999

    Texaco on Trial

    Like virtually everyone else in San Carlos, Ecuador, Hugo Ureña never imagined that danger might lurk in the shiny black liquid that began appearing in the water near his home roughly thi

    Eyal Press

  • May 13, 1999

    On the Virtual Picket Line

    The unfortunate flaw in From the Telegraph to the Internet is its title, which suggests a highly specialized account of an industry when in fact it is a deeply moving narrative of a commi

    Marcus G. Raskin

  • April 29, 1999

    World Culture War

    In the past ten years, nationalist, communalist and religious fundamentalist social movements have surfaced all over the world, moving into the power vacuum created as local elites have been over

    Meredith Tax

  • April 29, 1999

    The Guns of Littleton

    Dylan Klebold "is intelligent enough to make any dream a reality," a juvenile court counselor wrote last year.

    Bruce Shapiro

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