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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • March 2, 1985

    Hawaii Wakes Up To Pesticides

    The US Department of Agriculture plans to eradicate three species of fruit fly in Hawaii by spraying suspected carcinogens and mutagens on the islands.

    W.S. Merwin

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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

    MLK’s Forgotten Call for Economic Justice

    “Negroes have benefited from a limited change that was emotionally satisfying but materially deficient... Jobs are harder to create than voting rolls.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • March 15, 1965

    Let Justice Roll Down

    In 1965, he wrote about the power of demonstrations and "legislation written in the streets."

    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.

  • 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.