Louis Menand’s magisterial “The Free World” chronicles the post-WWII decades in which American culture came into its own while its imperialist impulses came to grief.
Nicolaus Mills is author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower and professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College.
Maybe the rich folks who bribed their kids’ way into college aren’t entirely relatable, but given the insane costs and intense competition for slots faced by all, maybe a little?
Seventy-one percent of Americans think millennials are “selfish.” This teacher thinks they’re among the most idealistic, altruistic students he’s ever met.
More and more high school seniors and their parents (looking at you, Lori Laughlin) obsess over getting into elite colleges. Ironically, this is not smart.
Long before a clueless Trump staged a rally in the city that had witnessed the worst racial massacre in American history, Reagan was equally callous in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
One college professor has found that he and his students are working even harder with a surprising amount of intimacy during the pandemic.
What makes the post-WWII Marshall Plan relevant is the example it provides of how massive government intervention can end a crisis that shows no signs of self-resolving.
In 1965, Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama proved a turning point in the fight for voting rights for all Americans. Now those same rights are being eroded by Republicans.
On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, in the midst of a fractious political year, it’s good to be reminded of the communal virtues celebrated in Thornton Wilder’s classic play.
Like Walt Whitman, the author of “Little Women” nursed wounded and dying troops in Washington, D.C., and like the poet, she wrote about it. Unlike Whitman, she almost died.