History

Before Stonewall

In celebrating the most famous gay-rights skirmish, we slight the battles that came before

In celebrating the most famous gay-rights skirmish, we slight the battles that came before

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Agit-Prof

Howard Zinn's influential mutilations of American history

Howard Zinn copied, pasted, and simplified his way to People's History of the United States. The rest of his scholarship wasn't much better.

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The Tyranny of the ZIP Code

They don't just locate us. They define us

They don't just locate where we are. They define who we are. 

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How Ghastly Were the Beginnings of European America?

The Savage New World

Bernard Bailyn paints a bloody picture of colonial life. Alan Taylor is skeptical. 

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Was the second half of the twentieth century the "Age of Eisenhower and Nixon"?

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Original Sin

Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people

Why the Republicans are, and will continue to be, the party of white people: an historical investigation.

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From the Stacks

The Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In 1933, The New Republic sent literary critic Edmund Wilson to observe the swearing in of FDR. He was not amused. 

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In Robert O Self's view, the 1970s culture war was central to the decade's political struggles.

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Philip Hensher's historical account of handwriting loses sight of how deeply personal the medium is.

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The downfall of the Russian nobility brought about the end of Russia itself.

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