Making independence work
Our country needs understanding among the many kinds of people who shape and lead it.
As black churches burn
A long history of violence against black churches makes today’s fires all the more troubling.
What candidates really mean when they invoke the ‘Founding Fathers’
Referencing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution is more about politics than patriotism.
A milestone visit to Washington by Vietnam’s Communist Party
The visit by the Communist Party general secretary reflects an evolving U.S.-Vietnam relationship.
When a Va. county closed its schools rather than admit black students
Kristen Green recounts the tale of her home county, Prince Edward, after it was ordered to desegregate.
Follow-up to the revolution
Joseph J. Ellis discusses four contributors to the argument-provoking U.S. Constitution.
How more female police officers would help stop police brutality
They are better at defusing violent confrontations before those encounters turn deadly.
How academic efforts to boycott Israel harm our students
A Vassar College professor recounts her experiences when she planned a class trip to Israel.
Entering law school? Here’s what to read this summer.
Much of the law can be absorbed through great literature and thoughtful nonfiction.
When is freedom of speech irresponsible?
David Shipler explores the delicate nuances to the American principle of free speech.
Who had the worst week in Washington? Donald Trump.
He’s just another rich businessman now, after remarks about Mexicans cost him a TV show and Macy’s deal.
Corporations are selling themselves with #LoveWins. We don’t have to buy it.
Support on social media does not equal support for gay rights.
Poll: Should cameras be allowed in the Supreme Court?
Cameras could improve our understanding of the high court. On the other hand, could they undermine the judicial process?