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  • The Red-Baiting of Lena Horne

    by John Meroney

    At the height of her career, the beautiful young performer accidentally stumbled into a power struggle between Hollywood communists and McCarthyites.

  • What’s really at stake when a school closes?

    by Jelani Cobb

    Jamaica High School, in Queens, was once the largest high school in the United States. But after a hundred and twenty-two years, the school was closing; the class of 2014, which had just twenty-four members, would be the last.

  • An Error of Era?

    by Scott McLemee

    Review of Jacques Le Goff, "Must We Divide History Into Periods?"

  • Kissinger’s 4 lessons

    by Niall Ferguson

    Kissinger was never just a realist, as a review of his early life shows.

  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • The Story Behind the POW/MIA Flag

    by Rick Perlstein

    That damned flag: It’s a shroud. It smothers the complexity, the reality, of what really happened in Vietnam. We’ve come to our senses about that other banner of lies. It’s time to do the same with this.

  • President Carter’s vice-presidential legacy

    by Joel K. Goldstein

    Part of his underappreciated legacy as president was the historic role he played in elevating the vice presidency from an awkward, standby position to a constructive part of government on an ongoing basis.

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