On the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox, it’s painfully clear that the issues that underlay and fueled the Civil War survived it.
J. Kates is a poet and literary translator who lives in Fitzwilliam, N.H.
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It is genial, cultural comedy that seems to have disappeared, the kind of laughter that softens your attitudes toward your neighbor.
At what point does the individual case fall victim to an inherited history?
When public transportation grinds to a halt, we throw our iciest snowballs at the people working to get and keep the trains and buses moving.
People of color almost always begin with an acknowledgment of their ‘race,’ not because they want to, but because they have to.
On paper, the woods near my home have belonged to me for nearly 30 years. But what does that really mean?
Fifty years later, the significance of “Freedom Summer,” the Mississippi Voting Project of 1964, gets measured not by our accomplishments, but by our losses.