The Urgency of a Third Reconstruction

The ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment marked a turning point in U.S. history. Yet 150 years later, its promises remain unfulfilled.

"All Persons Born or Naturalized in the United States..."

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In the Trump Era, America Desperately Needs a Great Movie About Nuclear Apocalypse

If we want to avoid nuclear war, we'd better start imagining it again.

My Dad and Henry Ford

My father was pro-Jewish propaganda when the country had an anti-semitism problem - he even met the man that inspired much of the hate. But is history repeating itself?

The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets

Tim Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.

A Cool Dip & A Little Dignity

In 1961, two African-American men decided to go swimming at a whites-only Nashville pool. In response, the city closed all its public pools — for three years.
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Hamilton, Madison, and the Paradox at America’s Heart

The tension between nationalist ambitions and republican principles goes all the way back to our nation’s founding.
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How Corporations Won Their Civil Rights

The Court got it right—but it's not a conclusion we should be entirely comfortable with.

The Partners of Greenwich Village

Did the census recognize gay couples in 1940?
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This 60-Year-Old Novel About Sexual Harassment Was Ahead Of Its Time

"The Best of Everything" outlined the dynamics and the costs of sexual harassment, decades before anyone talked openly about it.

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