Banking on the Cold War

The Cold War says more about how U.S. elites imagined their “freedom” than it does about enabling other people to be free.
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White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

A long-overdue excavation of the book that Hitler called his “bible,” and the man who wrote it.

Racists in Congress Fought Statehood For Hawaii, But Lost That Battle 60 Years Ago

It took more than five decades for advocates of statehood to vanquish white supremacists in Washington.

What Support for Ilhan Omar Tells Us About the Left

The rising tie between black activism and pro-Palestinian advocacy.

The Settler Fantasies Woven Into the Prairie Dresses

The fashion trend is shorn entirely of the racism and colonial entitlement it once cloaked.

Hollow Words

Exploring John Cleves Symmes Jr.’s obsession with a hollow Earth.

Sanctuary and the City

Since the 1980s, activists in Philadelphia have argued that the city has always been a refuge for asylum seekers.

Exxon Had Some Insane Visions For Saving the Planet

Giant mirrors, ocean whitening, and other suggestions from the company's in-house engineers in 1997.

The Drummer Hal Blaine Provided the Beat for American Music

Blaine was never as recognizable as Elvis or Sinatra. Still, he was key to the creation of some of rock n' roll's biggest hits.
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Why My Students Don’t Call Themselves ‘Southern’ Writers

On reckoning with a fraught literary history.

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