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05.24.14

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 24, 2014

From the case for making reparations to African-Americans to Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s coveted blood, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The Case for Reparations
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Rogue Element
Nadya Labi, The New Yorker

How an anti-government militia grew on a U.S. Army base.

The Worst Day of My Life is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction
Steve Kandel, BuzzFeed

Nearly 13 years after my sister’s death, a reluctant Sunday visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum, where public spectacle and private grief have a permanent home together.

In 2000, a Newspaper Headline Opened a Wound in Israeli Society. It Still Hasn’t Healed.
Batya Ungar-Sargon, Tablet

The fight over alleged war crimes from 1948 is a window into the kaleidoscope of history and memory in Israeli culture.

How Sex Rules Our Dreams
Patrick McNamara, Aeon  

Gritty, emotional, smelly and dirty: new evidence supports Freud’s long-debunked theory that sex fuels our dreams.

Tutankhamun’s Blood 
Jo Marchant, Medium

Why everyone from the Mormons to the Muslim Brotherhood is desperate for a piece of the Pharaoh.

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