Richard Kreitner, The Nation

Richard Kreitner

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Past articles by Richard:

Did the Constitution Pave the Way to Emancipation?

In his new book, The Crooked Path to Abolition, James Oakes argues that the Constitution was an antislavery document. → Read More

Now Is Not the Time for Unity

If Joe Biden stakes his presidency on compromise and comity, his presidency will be a failure. → Read More

American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work

Without a practical plan for revising the Constitution, Democrats will be condemned to play by rigged rules. → Read More

What History Tells Us About Trump’s Implosion and Biden’s Opportunity

Political scientist Stephen Skowronek discusses whether a President Biden could become an era-shaping leader. → Read More

When Confronting the Coronavirus, Federalism Is Part of the Problem

That some cities and states have stepped up to fill the gap left by Trump’s catastrophic failure is a matter of luck, not design. → Read More

Selections From 1968

The Nation’s coverage of a pivotal year. → Read More

In Memoriam: Richard Clark Sterne, Historian of ‘The Nation’

An avid Nation reader since boyhood, Sterne, who died at 91, wrote an early account of the magazine. → Read More

Resistance by Refusal: You’re Never Too Legit to Quit

In an interview, Jennet Kirkpatrick, the author of The Virtues of Exit, makes the case for giving up. → Read More

A New York Constitutional Convention Would Be Good for Democracy

The case for a constitutional convention in New York State. → Read More

The US Constitution Is Over 2 Centuries Old and Showing Its Age

To fix our broken system, we need a new constitutional convention. → Read More

‘We Have Not a Government’: The US Before the Constitution

Asked and Answered: An interview with George William Van Cleve, author of a new book about a period of crisis that offers tools for thinking about our own. → Read More

‘The America and the World of Our Dreams—How Far Away They Seem on This Memorial Day!’

Ninety-nine years ago, an editorial in the magazine pleaded for “a world freed from the burden of mutual national distrust and hatred and deceit.” → Read More

Empire, Conquest, and the War America Forgot

The historian William Hogeland talks about the first war the United States ever fought and the “problematic and thorny and painful” questions his new book raises. → Read More

‘Trump Is Just Tearing Off the Mask’: An Interview with Eric Foner

On July 20, 2016, the day after
 Donald Trump accepted the presidential nomination of the party whose origins Eric Foner chronicled in his first book, Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men (1970), I met with the distinguished historian, professor, and longtime Nation board member in his office at Columb... → Read More

Forget the Musical—Alexander Hamilton’s Real Legacy Is the Poverty-Stricken City He Founded

The past above, the future below And the present pouring down —William Carlos Williams, Paterson In “The Darker Side of Paterson,” a four-minute YouTube video, Kevin Womble Sr. → Read More

Are We on the Verge of Another Civil War?

A decade ago, when David Armitage began working on his new book, Civil Wars: A History in Ideas, published this week by Knopf, he had no idea how relevant the subject would become. These days, it’s hard to avoid concluding that American society is tearing itself apart. → Read More

Post-Truth and Its Consequences: What a 25-Year-Old Essay Tells Us About the Current Moment

Last month Oxford Dictionaries designated “post-truth” its 2016 Word of the Year. It defined the word as referring to “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. → Read More

What Time Is It? Here’s What the 2016 Election Tells Us About Obama, Trump, and What Comes Next

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States stunned the entire world—including, by all accounts, Trump himself. Yet the Yale University political scientist Stephen Skowronek says he was “shocked, but not surprised” by the results. → Read More

‘The Nation’ Has New Digs

From our new offices crosstown, we can see not only the Hudson River but a good stretch of our own history. → Read More

We Are Judged by How We Treat the Helpless and the Poor

Cesar Chavez was born 89 years ago today. A labor and civil-rights activist who helped organize agricultural workers in California, Chavez has been rightly lauded for giving a voice to the voiceless and for summoning national support for the workers’ fight against powerful corporate growers. → Read More