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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Collective ownership gives power back to poor farmers
At 4:30 in the afternoon in the Admiral Benbow Inn in Jackson, Mississippi, Jimmy Carter sits opposite a dozen seventeen-year-olds, asking them to help him become president. “I grow peanuts…
Mapping the spread of antigay ideology
The death penalty as a conservative conundrum
Two years in a town where the Great Recession never ended
From transcripts of conversations on September 17, 2011, recorded by FBI informant Joe Sims, among members of a Georgia militia arrested the following month on various charges. Dan Roberts was sentenced…
The smell of life and death — and everything in between
From the unpublished diaries of LeRoy Wiley Gresham (1847–65), son of John J. Gresham, twice mayor of Macon, Georgia. LeRoy, a longtime invalid confined to his bed or to a…
The prosperity gospel in recession