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Moral Courage and the Civil War

Monuments ask us to look at the past, but how they do it exposes crucial aspects of the present and has an inescapable effect on the future

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Reflections on a Silent Soldier

After the television cameras went away, a North Carolina city debated the future of its toppled Confederate statue

by Robin Kirk | Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Our Fate Is in the Stars

Today’s space program still does amazing things, but nothing like Apollo. It’s time to begin again.

by George Musser | Monday, June 03, 2019

The First President To Be Impeached

Andrew Johnson beat the charges against him by a single vote, but what did the nation lose?

by Brenda Wineapple | Monday, March 04, 2019

Paying to Be Locked Up

Private prison companies treat immigrant detainees like convicted criminals—and reap huge profits from the people they hold

by Keramet Reiter | Monday, December 03, 2018

Stress Test for Free Speech

Social media are destroying the democratic culture that the First Amendment is meant to protect

by Lincoln Caplan | Tuesday, September 04, 2018

In the Labyrinth of #MeToo

Addressing sexual aggression and power in contemporary society also means questioning what the feminist movement has really been about

by Sandra M. Gilbert | Monday, June 04, 2018

A Vacuum at the Center

How a demagogue resembles a typhoon, and why it matters to the future of the republic

by W. Robert Connor | Monday, March 05, 2018

Here’s the Beef with Chicken from China

The Trump USDA favored a powerful lobby over American food safety

by James McWilliams | Monday, December 04, 2017

Opioids and Paternalism

To help end the crisis, both doctors and patients need to find a new way to think about pain

by David Brown | Tuesday, September 05, 2017
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