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President Lyndon B. Johnson's Address to Congress in Support of the 1965 Voting Rights Act
The important background and text of President Lyndon Johnson's 1965 Voting Rights speech to Congress. In it Johnson challenged the moral values of Americans and ultimately won the greatest victory for black Americans since Emancipation.
How Jews Came to Yale in Ivy League Clothing
While Jewish clothiers supplied the Ivy League style to Yale, the university itself admitted few Jewish students. Then, as the penchant for natural-shoulder suits waned, the influx of Jews and other minorities increased. Here’s the story of how Yale’s idea ...
The Industrial Revolution Remakes England and Creates a Proletariat
Selections from The Condition of the Working Class in England
A vitally important political, social, and historical document, Engels’ account of the proletariat under the new industrialism remains, as Eric Hobsbawm notes, “by far the best single book on the working class of the period.”
A Matter of Conscience
Still an unannounced candidate, Lincoln viewed this address before Eastern leadership as a crucial moment for ...
The Plight of the Working Class
A vitally important document and the best account of the working class under the new industrialism.
A Streetcar Named Pleiku
The 1965 attack on the U.S. base at Pleiku in South Vietnam was a turning point: ...
Trauma for Everyone
How PTSD became a popular psychological disorder--a story of a questionable diagnosis and of medicine gone ...
Dress British, Think Yiddish
How the Ivy League style at Yale—purveyed by Jewish clothiers—faded while the university changed its ideas ...
And We Shall Overcome
The important background and text of President Lyndon Johnson's 1965 Voting Rights speech to Congress.
Selections From: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
This story of a slave and his yearning to be free is one of the great ...
Largely under the radar during Kennedy’s White House years was the president’s womanizing. O’Brien details Kennedy’s near-pathological approach to women and sex, then beyond the farthest reaches of the media’s imagination. Here is an astonishing piece of presidential history.
Turner here lays out his “frontier thesis,” which remains one of the key interpretations of American history. He argued that the circumstances of life on the western frontier were a determining influence on American character and institutions.
No episode in the Truman years caused a greater uproar than his firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. MacArthur wanted to expand the war; Truman sought a limited conflict. The always candid former president explains what happened.
When the CIA first looked into effective methods of torture in the 1950s, it found two major sources of aid. The first was information gleaned by the Nazis during World War II from concentration-camp experiments. The second was the cooperation of professional psychologists, many with leading university positions, who agreed to conduct questionably ethical experiments to show how prisoners might be broken through psychological torture. Alfred McCoy here explores the sordid and often outrageous practices of the CIA and its helpmates.
An insider’s assessment of the precipitous decline of large city papers in the United States, and the newspapers’ response to their problems, by an experienced newspaper executive.
Walker Evans’s iconic photograph of Ellie Mae Burroughs of Hale County, Alabama, made while he was working with James Agee, has become a memorable symbol of the Great Depression. How it came to be, and what consequences it provoked, make for a fascinating tale.