Lyndon Baines Johnson

Historians Need to Learn to Hold Two Ideas About LBJ at Once
April 16, 2014

We need to consider his great deeds and terrible deeds side by side.

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?

Forget Stonewall. Frank Kameny (1925 - 2011) Made the Gay Rights Movement Happen.
October 13, 2011

Frank Kameny never thought he would live to see what happened on April 23, 2009. Over five decades earlier, in December of 1957, Kameny was fired from his job at the Army Map Service. Two years earlier, he had been arrested in a police sting at a San Francisco men’s room, a routine incident in an era when local authorities devoted significant resources in the entrapment of homosexuals.

How I Would Improve The Conventions: James Galbraith
August 18, 2008

Convention season is upon us. There will be clichés, giant flags, funny hats--and much, much whining about how these party-themed infomercials aren’t worth our time. But are there ways in which we could genuinely improve the content of the conventions? We asked a few friends of the magazine to offer their suggestions. Here’s James Galbraith, professor of economics and government at the University of Texas and author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too.   Twenty years ago, I encountered in the halls of the Lyndon B.