What We Lost With the Loss of the New RepublicThe magazine’s heterodox liberalism is what made it unique. And it’s that very voice that is being crowded out.
Sick to His StomachJohn F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religious freedom gives Rick Santorum a bellyache—it shouldn’t.
Beware the Military-Industrial ComplexEisenhower's farewell address has been completely misunderstood.
The Hidden History of the Espionage ActThe much-maligned 1917 law had a real purpose—stopping spies and saboteurs.
Too Big To Fail, the 1912 VersionHow Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates, UnpluggedAllen C. Guelzo's book strips away the nostalgia around this classic encounter.
Stop Eulogizing Gore VidalHe was a racist and an elitist, forever mourning the decline of his era of aristocratic privilege.
Dorothy Burlingham's TwinsThe study that explained why it's not so wonderful to have a look-alike.
Rewinding the Kennedy-Nixon DebatesDid JFK really win because he looked better on television?
Elena Kagan Could Have Been a Superb HistorianTwo history professors read the nominee's undergraduate thesis.
The Old Soldier Hasn't DiedForget about McChrystal; Obama's real problem is MacArthurism.
Roads & Kingdoms
Marooned in the Desert Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
What Happened at Slate This Week? Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
Honeybees at a Crossroads Drought, pesticides, diseases—it’s not a good time to be a bee.