How Andrew Johnson Doomed the Roanoke Island Freedmen’s Colony
Amid flailing efforts to secure land for former slaves, the new president ruthlessly prioritized Confederate resettlement over the advancement of freed people.
What It TakesThe freedmen and Radical Republicans who managed to win power in local governments during Reconstruction.
How Homesteading FailedAfter Emancipation, it was circumstance—not citizenship—that enabled freedmen in Klan-run Alabama to acquire the land they had worked in bondage.
Introducing ReconstructionOur new Slate Academy finds the seeds of our present politics in the period after the Civil War.
The Nazis Were Obsessed With MagicWhat can their fascination with the supernatural teach us about life in our own post-truth times?
The Yakima TerrorNinety years ago in Washington, a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment resulted in horror for Filipinos.
Tools of DisplacementHow Charlottesville, Virginia’s Confederate statues helped decimate the city’s historically successful black communities.
Watching 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.
JFK’s Russian ConspiracyKennedy had his own secret back channel with Moscow. It may have kept the superpowers from going to war.
America’s Love Affair With the HindenburgBefore the German zeppelin met its fiery demise, it was an object of fascination for U.S. radio listeners.
Fascism’s Warning SignsEdwardian Britain harbored many of the preconditions for fascism—including rampant anti-Semitism—before war broke out and united a divided nation.
The 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.
The Origins of Anti-IntellectualismThe anti-democratic political tradition that opposed Enlightenment thinking advanced the catastrophic campaigns of Nazi Germany and haunts us still.
Trump’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.
Fascism 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.
“Angry, Scared, Armed People”The Nov. 4 conspiracy theory about antifa has some scary historical echoes.
What Happened to the Plantations?How freedpeople pursued the dream of land ownership during Reconstruction, and how they were denied.
A Timeline of ReconstructionA Slate Academy guide to the key events that defined America from 1863 through 1883.
Dismantled but Not DestroyedOne alternative to tearing down Confederate monuments: creatively repurposing them.
The Shame of RikersThe odious 19th-century history of Rikers Island provides just one more good reason to shut it down.
What 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.
Paranoia Rises When We Feel Politically PowerlessWhen we stop trusting the government, we start believing in conspiracies.
“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.
Why Former Suffragettes Flocked to British FascismSir Oswald Mosley’s fascist movement appealed to even the most revolutionary of suffragettes.
Fascism, RebrandedHow the contemporary far right won legitimacy under the guise of liberal-democratic ideals.
The Necessity of MemoryIf Europeans—and the rest of the world—continue to let the lessons of fascism fade, “a nightmare future could unfold.”
The Future of FascismFascism was an emergency response to an unimagined crisis—and it could all happen again.
How Modern Tyrants Use Terror Management to Consolidate PowerBe ready for an American Reichstag fire when it comes.
A Dangerous DefinitionHow clearly can we distinguish fascism from “populist nationalism”? And does it matter?