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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.

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.
April 5 2017 3:14 PMTrump’s Victory Made a GOP Breakup More Likely, Not LessPhilip Wallach talks to The Gist about partisan realignment and the demise of the Whig Party.
April 3 2017 12:23 PMFascism Today: Where Are We Now?In the final episode, our Slate Academy tries to determine how historical examples of fascism help us understand the present.
March 30 2017 4:18 PMWhen Fascist Heroes Took Over the MoviesFrustrated with a weak government and the Great Depression, Americans in the 1930s began rooting for authoritarian jerks.
March 22 2017 5:57 AMNativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid StyleHow a lurid 19th-century memoir of sexual abuse produced one of the ugliest features of American politics.
March 17 2017 5:05 PMBritain and the U.S.: It Could Have Happened HereIn the fifth episode, our Slate Academy looks at the small, but significant, fascist movements that took root in the U.S. and Britain.
March 13 2017 6:13 PMDid the Muslim World Really Fall for Hitler?A famous photo suggests that fascism was popular in the Middle East during World War II. The history says otherwise.
March 8 2017 4:18 PMHitler’s American DreamThe dictator modeled his racial campaign after another conquest of land and people—America’s Manifest Destiny.
March 1 2017 5:45 AMThe True Cost of the Louisiana PurchaseThe United States didn’t buy a huge tract of land from France. It bought the right to displace Native Americans from that land.
Feb. 21 2017 4:29 PM“A Unique Death Cult”How the Romanian Iron Guard blended nationalistic violence with Christian martyrdom to spread a singularly morbid fascist movement.
Feb. 9 2017 9:00 AMForging a Dictatorship in SpainHow Franco tailored fascism to his country by stealing from every major political movement.
Feb. 7 2017 1:56 PMHell No, He Must Go!What anti-Trump protesters can learn from the successes, and mistakes, of the anti–Vietnam War movement.
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.”
April 6 2017 7:44 AMThe Future of FascismFascism was an emergency response to an unimagined crisis—and it could all happen again.
April 4 2017 9:00 AMHow Modern Tyrants Use Terror Management to Consolidate PowerBe ready for an American Reichstag fire when it comes.
April 3 2017 7:52 AMA Dangerous DefinitionHow clearly can we distinguish fascism from “populist nationalism”? And does it matter?
March 27 2017 12:19 PMHitler’s Man on British RadioWilliam Joyce’s aristocratic voice carried Nazi propaganda into millions of British homes.
March 20 2017 12:14 PMAmerica’s Brush With FascismThe second KKK shared a disquieting kinship with European fascist movements. Why did it fail to take over American politics?
March 14 2017 11:59 AMHow Hitler Conquered GermanyThe Nazi propaganda machine exploited ordinary Germans by encouraging them to be co-producers of a false reality.
March 8 2017 4:53 PMClosing Our DoorsIn 1939, a refugee ban kept 20,000 Jewish children out of the U.S.
March 3 2017 3:42 PMGermany: Fascism’s Terrible ApogeeWith the fourth episode, our Slate Academy arrives at the fascism that looms above all others.
Feb. 23 2017 6:52 PMCodreanu’s Alternative FactsHow Romania’s fascist leader masterfully obscured the truth to justify anti-Semitic attacks and undermine democracy.
Feb. 17 2017 2:06 PMRomania: Bloody, Mystical Fascism From the EastThe third episode of our Slate Academy asks if the experience of Romania changes our understanding of fascism’s origins.
Feb. 7 2017 5:01 PMSpain’s “Semi-Fascism”On the brink of civil war, Spain produced a ragtag brand of fascism that was still insidiously authoritarian.
Feb. 3 2017 12:15 PMSpain: An Influential OutlierThe second episode of Fascism: A Slate Academy asks how a fringe movement got folded into a 40-year dictatorship.

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