How to Save Iraq
July 22, 2014
This is the best, or the least bad, solution to the current crisis.
Assuming, that is, the mysterious Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is even still alive.
Obama Is Wrong. Iraq's Problems Are Ours, Too.
June 13, 2014
America can't exempt itself from responsibility on whatever timetable it pleases.
The Emancipationist Century
May 09, 2014
David Brion Davis's book on American slavery and American freedom was 50 years in the making—and worth the wait.
The True Story of America's First Black Female Slave Novelist
February 10, 2014
The once-unidentified writer of The Bondwoman's Narrative, and a stunning story that goes from North Carolina to revolutionary Nicaragua to the free North.
From the Stacks: The Poetry of Frank O'Hara
July 25, 2013
Frank O'Hara died 47 years ago today. In his honor, we present two of his poems, as they appeared in The New Republic.
Do Ideas Matter?
August 24, 2011
I. MY ROLE ON September 11 was to be a reporter for The New Republic. I was in downtown Brooklyn, and from my rooftop I watched the first tower crumble, and then I ran downstairs to the street with pen and notebook and plunged into the crowds fleeing over the bridges. I spoke with one person after another, asking what they had seen. They told me. I compiled my report.
Telling War Stories
June 30, 2011
I. On a hot Saturday in September 1962, I crowded with my brothers and cousins into my aunt and uncle’s station wagon and drove off to war. Passing through our county in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, we headed toward Charles Town, West Virginia, then crossed over the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers at Harpers Ferry into Maryland. We had traveled through the familiar historic landscape of Stonewall Jackson’s skirmishes, Mosby’s raids, Sheridan’s ride, and John Brown’s capture and hanging to witness the centennial re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam.
Out of the Margins
October 16, 2010
Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South By Stephanie McCurry (Harvard University Press, 449 pp., $35) We are going to be hearing a great deal about the Civil War. November 6 will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s election; December 20, the secession of South Carolina, the first Southern state to withdraw from the Union; April 12, the firing on Fort Sumter; July 21, the First Battle of Manassas, the first major engagement of the war. States North and South have established sesquicentennial commissions, which are planning a wide range of observances.
March 18, 2009
Last winter, I was walking with my wife along Seminary Ridge on theGettysburg battlefield when an odd detail drew into sight: piles offelled trees, stacked alongside a road. The cuts smelled as freshas the trees looked strong.