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    Charleston is a microcosm of how the history of slavery intertwines with the history of America.

Charleston is a microcosm of how the history of slavery intertwines with the history of America.

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On June 17th, nine African-American members of a Bible study class in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina were shot dead by an alleged white supremacist. David Wise charts the links between one of the victims, Pastor Clementa Pinckney, and the revolutionary era slave-owner Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, who helped write the Constitution’s Fugitive Slave Clause, which […]

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    Eight centuries on from Magna Carta, upholding the rule of law remains a challenge on both sides of the Atlantic.

Eight centuries on from Magna Carta, upholding the rule of law remains a challenge on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Last month marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta, an agreement between King John of England and feudal Barons, which played a key part in establishing values we know today such as the right to a fair trial and equality under the law. Tim Oliver and Cora Lacatus look at the historical and continuing importance of […]

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    Book Review: Gilded Age: American Capitalism and the Lessons of a New World Order

Book Review: Gilded Age: American Capitalism and the Lessons of a New World Order

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The Long Gilded Age considers the interlocking roles of politics, labour, and internationalism in the ideologies and institutions that emerged at the turn of the twentieth century. Presenting a new twist on central themes of American labor and working-class history, Leon Fink examines how the American conceptualization of free labor played out in iconic industrial strikes, and how “freedom” […]

Book Review Symposium: Is The American Century Over?

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In his latest book, Is the American Century Over? Professor Joseph S. Nye argues that, despite the rise of China, America is not declining. Instead, he writes, we are seeing the rise of the rest. In our second USAPP Book Review Symposium, we present three reviews of Nye’s new book, which were submitted separately and written independently.

Is the American Century Over?, by Joseph S. Nye, Jr. […]

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    Book Review: Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery

Book Review: Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery

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Born into slavery in rural Louisiana, Rose Herera was bought and sold several times before being purchased by the De Hart family of New Orleans. Still a slave, she married and had children, who also became the property of the De Harts. But after Union forces captured New Orleans in 1862 during the American Civil War, Herera’s owners fled […]

Your vote counts when you remember Selma

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Anne Power marched from Selma half a century ago to protest the unequal treatment of black people in America and to fight for their ability to vote. Ahead of the UK’s General Election, she writes that Selma should remind us all that our right to have a say is precious and voting matters. 

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, America’s black Civil Rights leader, led […]

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    From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation

From Ferguson to Baltimore: The Fruits of Government-Sponsored Segregation

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Following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody last week, this week has seen rioting in Baltimore and protests across the country decrying police brutality towards the black population. Richard Rothstein argues that while improvements in police quality are needed, the roots of the unrest go deeper, having been shaped by the history of intentional segregation in Baltimore […]

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    Though facing complex challenges, America’s foreign policy strategy must remain a continual work in progress.

Though facing complex challenges, America’s foreign policy strategy must remain a continual work in progress.

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America today faces a number of complex foreign policy challenges, with few obvious routes towards their successful resolution. In light of this complexity, many may yearn for the clarity of the Cold War, but Daniel J. Sargent warns against this. He writes that the Cold War policy of containment was no roadmap for policy, and that within its relatively loose […]

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    Book Review: Presidents and Their Generals: An American History of Command in War by Matthew Moten

Book Review: Presidents and Their Generals: An American History of Command in War by Matthew Moten

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Matthew Moten looks to trace a history of the evolving roles of civilian and military leaders in conducting war, demonstrating how war strategy and national security policy shifted as political and military institutions developed, and how they were shaped by leaders’ personalities. Reviewed by Jeff Lupo.

Presidents and Their Generals: An American History of Command in War. Matthew Moten. Harvard University […]

What can the left learn from Friedrich Hayek?

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An engagement with Hayek does not mean a capitulation to the market, writes Simon Griffiths. Instead it can provide several sophisticated insights for the contemporary left, in particular on knowledge, the spontaneous order, and freedom. The left’s discovery of Hayek is also significant as an example of how ideologies, such as socialism or liberalism, can be transformed over time.

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