History

Hearts of Darkness
The incoherence of the British Empire
June 10, 2013

Was there ever really a British Empire? Cartographers certainly wanted you to think so.

The Forgotten President
Woodrow Wilson was as important as FDR or LBJ. Why aren't we celebrating his 100th anniversary?
June 04, 2013

The first liberal Democratic president took office exactly 100 years ago this spring. So why aren’t contemporary liberals bestowing the same praise on Woodrow Wilson as they lavish on Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson?

Why America Never Had Universal Child Care
In 1971, a national day-care bill almost became law. Therein lies a story.
April 24, 2013

Following The New Republic's recent blockbuster day-care story, a historian describes a 1971 effort to create a national child-care program–and the backlash that ensued. 

Before Stonewall
In celebrating the most famous gay-rights skirmish, we slight the battles that came before
April 02, 2013

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

Agit-Prof
Howard Zinn's influential mutilations of American history
March 19, 2013

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.

The Tyranny of the ZIP Code
They don't just locate us. They define us
March 08, 2013

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

How Ghastly Were the Beginnings of European America?
The Savage New World
February 20, 2013

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

Uncomfortable Allies
February 18, 2013

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

Original Sin
Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people
February 10, 2013

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

From the Stacks
The Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
February 08, 2013

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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