A Radical Right to Happiness

The 19th-century fight over theatergoing that revolutionized human rights.

Jan. 16 2018 9:52 AMA Coup in North CarolinaHow white supremacists overthrew Wilmington’s legally elected city government.
Dec. 8 2017 7:20 AMThe Oppressor’s BookshelfAs formerly enslaved Americans battled to become literate, the only books available to them were written by white supremacists and condescending abolitionists.
Nov. 28 2017 11:52 AMA Revolution Comes HomeHow wage relations evolved after emancipation compelled slave owners to pay the domestic workers they had once enslaved.
Nov. 9 2017 3:10 PMWhat It TakesThe freedmen and Radical Republicans who managed to win power in local governments during Reconstruction.
Nov. 3 2017 6:11 PM“Angry, Scared, Armed People”The Nov. 4 conspiracy theory about antifa has some scary historical echoes.
Oct. 27 2017 5:57 AMWhat Happened to the Plantations?How freedpeople pursued the dream of land ownership during Reconstruction, and how they were denied.
Oct. 27 2017 5:55 AMA Timeline of ReconstructionA Slate Academy guide to the key events that defined America from 1863 through 1883.
Aug. 18 2017 5:05 PMDismantled but Not DestroyedOne alternative to tearing down Confederate monuments: creatively repurposing them.
July 13 2017 7:45 AMThe Shame of RikersThe odious 19th-century history of Rikers Island provides just one more good reason to shut it down.
June 22 2017 9:02 AMWhat Is the Far Right’s Endgame? A Society That Suppresses the Majority.Nancy MacLean, author of an intellectual biography of James McGill Buchanan, explains how this little-known libertarian’s work is influencing modern-day politics.
May 31 2017 4:05 PMParanoia Rises When We Feel Politically PowerlessWhen we stop trusting the government, we start believing in conspiracies.
May 24 2017 9:30 AM“We Only Ask an Even Chance to Live as Other Men Live”Speaking in a foreign tongue, thousands of miles from the seat of power, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce found a way to fight for his people.
April 14 2017 12:59 PMWhy Former Suffragettes Flocked to British FascismSir Oswald Mosley’s fascist movement appealed to even the most revolutionary of suffragettes.
April 13 2017 5:28 PMFascism, RebrandedHow the contemporary far right won legitimacy under the guise of liberal-democratic ideals.
April 11 2017 12:16 PMThe Necessity of MemoryIf Europeans—and the rest of the world—continue to let the lessons of fascism fade, “a nightmare future could unfold.”
Dec. 29 2017 5:00 AMWhen Tyranny HappenedThe federal government’s legalization of racial violence after the Civil War.
Nov. 30 2017 3:32 PMThe Roots of Jim CrowHow the Supreme Court failed to protect Black Americans’ hard-won rights of citizenship during Reconstruction.
Nov. 22 2017 12:28 PMWhat Killed Thanksgiving Puddings?The savory treat was once a major part of the American diet until a backlash against “mixed” foods began to brew.
Nov. 8 2017 2:11 PMHow Andrew Johnson Doomed the Roanoke Island Freedmen’s ColonyAmid flailing efforts to secure land for former slaves, the new president ruthlessly prioritized Confederate resettlement over the advancement of freed people.
Nov. 1 2017 3:48 PMHow Homesteading FailedAfter Emancipation, it was circumstance—not citizenship—that enabled freedmen in Klan-run Alabama to acquire the land they had worked in bondage.
Oct. 27 2017 5:56 AMIntroducing ReconstructionOur new Slate Academy finds the seeds of our present politics in the period after the Civil War.
Aug. 24 2017 10:47 AMThe Nazis Were Obsessed With MagicWhat can their fascination with the supernatural teach us about life in our own post-truth times?
Aug. 4 2017 1:40 PMThe Yakima TerrorNinety years ago in Washington, a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment resulted in horror for Filipinos.
June 23 2017 3:20 PMTools of DisplacementHow Charlottesville, Virginia’s Confederate statues helped decimate the city’s historically successful black communities.
June 12 2017 5:50 AMWatching the DetectivesAs the Waldorf Astoria transforms into posh condos, there’s one luxury amenity it’s unlikely to get back: its intrepid in-house sleuths.
May 27 2017 5:24 PMJFK’s Russian ConspiracyKennedy had his own secret back channel with Moscow. It may have kept the superpowers from going to war.
May 5 2017 11:38 AMAmerica’s Love Affair With the HindenburgBefore the German zeppelin met its fiery demise, it was an object of fascination for U.S. radio listeners.
April 14 2017 12:28 PMFascism’s Warning SignsEdwardian Britain harbored many of the preconditions for fascism—including rampant anti-Semitism—before war broke out and united a divided nation.
April 13 2017 5:45 AMThe Week the World Almost EndedIn 1983, the U.S. simulated a nuclear war with Russia—and narrowly avoided starting a real one. We might not be so lucky next time.
April 7 2017 2:45 PMThe Origins of Anti-IntellectualismThe anti-democratic political tradition that opposed Enlightenment thinking advanced the catastrophic campaigns of Nazi Germany and haunts us still.