Chronicles Magazine History

Nobody but the People

In the "Prologue" to his massive biography of Sen. Joe McCarthy, historian Thomas Reeves describes a scene that took place in Milwaukee, in the senator's home state, in November, 1954, only a month before his colleagues voted to condemn him and...

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  • VIEWS

    An Aristocracy of Warriors

    In his seminal work, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville noted that the nobility of medieval Europe reckoned martial valor to be the greatest of all the virtues. The feudal aristocracy, he said, "was born of war and for war; it...

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  • The Bare Bodkin

    Abe-Worship

    Idolatry of Lincoln—himself often derided as a "gorilla" or "baboon" in the hostile press of his day—began the moment John Wilkes Booth fired his derringer. It was Good Friday, perhaps an unseemly time to be at the theater; but by Easter morning,...

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  • REVIEWS

    Confederate Rainbow

    As we all know, during the Civil War, an expansive, democratic, progressive, multiethnic North defeated a bigoted and reactionary South, so that government of the people, by the people, and for the people should not perish from the earth.

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