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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The new playbook for voter suppression
Lost in this past electoral season, one of the most vicious and frightening in American history, is how shaky the very foundation of our democracy is. Throughout Trump’s deformation of…
Think of our democracy as a house we built in 1776, big enough only for Christian, property-owning white men. Over the next two centuries, various groups struggled to make it…
The ongoing struggle for voting rights
From Electoral Dysfunction, released in September by the New Press, in conjunction with a PBS documentary of the same name. The right of voting for representatives is the primary…
Feminism's ritual matricide
From The Mendacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Betrayal of American Liberalism (HarperCollins). Hodge is the former editor of Harper’s Magazine. As we prepare yet another round of offerings…
Attempts this year to suppress the black vote would not be the first
How Florida's "felon" voter-purge was itself felonious