• The Sepulcher as Political Symbol
    January 2021

    The Sepulcher as Political Symbol

    The bones and dust of the Italian poet Dante were a political football for the warring factions of Italy long after his death, Guy Raffa writes in Dante's Bones. He who possessed Dante's remains symbolically controlled the country's future.
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  • The Machines of Enslavement
    January 2021

    The Machines of Enslavement

    The perpetuation of slavery in 19th century America is often attributed to some grand design. In fact, the historical evidence shows it was an unintended consequence of the invention of the cotton gin and the planting of a new variety of cotton.
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