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King and Johnson After Selma  

The success of Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated film Selma has created the impression that the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march was the defining civil rights story of 1965. As a result, we haven’t paid the attention we should to the event with which Selma …

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War Games  

Vietnam shook to its foundations the sense of America that reigned when the Army and Navy football teams faced off in their legendary 1964 game.

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Quoted by Monica Lewinsky  

“Monica Lewinsky quoted you. Did you hear?” a friend called to say. My first reaction was: I’m being pranked. But there in Monica Lewinsky’s recent Vanity Fair essay, “Shame and Survival”—her account of what happened to her after her affair …

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The Palestinian Authority in the World Court  

The announcement by Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian Authority, which he leads, is now taking steps to join fifteen international agencies has a striking parallel to events that took place in the United States fifty years ago this month. That’s when Malcolm …

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Olympic Blindness  

There is a temptation on the part of all presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to declare whatever games they have presided over a success. Thomas Bach, the IOC’s new president and himself a gold medal winner for Germany …

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Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Armory Show at 100  

In 1913, the Armory Show gave thousands of Americans their first glimpse of modern European painting. Now, in an exhibit entitled The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution, the New York Historical Society has made it possible for us to see what all the excitement was about.

J.K. Rowling—Chapter Two  

My local bookstore, like bookstores across the country, now has plenty of copies of J. K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, the mystery novel previously attributed to a new author, Robert Galbraith. Rowling’s publisher, Little Brown, has rushed an estimated 300,000 …

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Cesar Chavez and Immigration Reform  

Twenty years after his death, Cesar Chavez, the legendary United Farm Workers Union leader, is again in the news. This time, the charge is that Chavez was anti-immigrant. What’s made the charge newsworthy is the publicity surrounding Chavez, a forthcoming …

Death on the Subway  

Nothing dominated the New York tabloids last week like the story of Ki-Suck Han, a Korean immigrant from Queens who was pushed to his death on the subway track while a crowd of passengers watched. The story took on a …