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The Welfare Rights Movement Wanted Society to Value the Work of Child-Rearing
The welfare rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s resisted invasive policies. Their animating vision: that society treat every mother and child with dignity.
August 17, 2023
What Happened in Vegas
The Teamsters and Jimmy Hoffa—with a little help from the mob—built Las Vegas as we know it today.
July 10, 2023
Elvis Presley Needed a Reboot in July 1969. So Did Las Vegas.
Elvis’s skills were in question when he returned to the stage after eight years. His ’69 comeback show was a make-or-break gamble.
New York Times
July 30, 2019
When the Welfare Rights Movement Was a Powerful Force for Uplifting the Poor
The War on Poverty comes to life in a new book that explores how welfare mothers in Las Vegas built an organizing juggernaut that transformed lives.
Eleanor J. Bader
July 10, 2023
What Nevada Stole from Its Indigenous People
Senator Pat McCarran’s vision for the desert carried a tradition of dispossession into the mid-20th century.
Zócalo Public Square
April 3, 2023
The 20th-Century Obelisk, From Imperialist Icon to Phallic Symbol
Amid all the imperial aspiration, wooly-minded New Age mythologizing, and pure unadulterated commerce, the obelisk stands tall.
Brian A. Curran
Pamela O. Long
The MIT Press Reader
December 16, 2019
Charlie Rich, the tragic soul man whose legacy was largely forgotten after his brief period of fame.
January 7, 2014
Why Tupac Never Died
It’s because the rapper’s life and work were a cascade of contradictions that we’re still trying to figure him out today.
The New Yorker
October 23, 2023
What Thurgood Marshall Taught Me
He became the first Black Supreme Court justice, and the stories he told his clerks — like me — revealed how he helped break down America’s color line.
Stephen L. Carter
New York Times Magazine
July 14, 2021
The Desert Keeps Receipts
A dispatch from a tour of a Cold War-era nuclear test site in the Mojave Desert.
B. Erin Cole
October 8, 2020
The Decade America Terrorized Itself
The next 9/11 never came. Instead, we got Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas, and Parkland…
December 10, 2019
Presidents and Mass Shootings
How Consoler-in-Chiefs respond to senseless gun violence.
April 1, 2018
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