Richard Nixon, celebrating his election on Nov. 7, 1968, campaigned against a backdrop of racial inequality, civic unrest and polarized politics.
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There are similarities between the law-and-order language used by the 1968 and 2020 presidential candidates and the racial tension and political polarization both years. But much is different.
Franklin Roosevelt and other administration officials visit a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp during the New Deal.
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Similarities between the 1930s and today are hard to ignore, but Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal teaches us that several developments have to coincide to generate a lasting social safety net.
J. Edgar Hoover testifies before the House on Un-American Activities Committee.
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As the US faces historic challenges to its democracy, Trump is mirroring tactics used by the former FBI director to smear his critics and consolidate power.
Senator Huey Long at the Capitol in 1935.
The very first scientific horse race poll, which took place 85 years ago, was shrouded in secrecy and may have changed history – even though it was faulty.
Big challenges call for big responses.
2019 was a big year for dire warnings about the state of the planet, but crises can spur solutions.
If you’re strangled by health care costs, are you really ‘free’?
In the wake of the New Deal, the business community realized that appealing to widely shared American values could get the public to oppose measures that curbed corporate power.
Your lovable dog has a value of about $10,000, researchers suggest.
Dogs' lives have monetary value, and several researchers recently measured it. Their method shows how research and funding decisions can be made. Just don't tell Bowser he's worth only $10,000.
Jeff Jorgenson looks over a partially flooded field he farms near Shenandoah, Iowa, May 29, 2019.
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Three scholars argue that agriculture is failing to sustain either the land or American farmers. They propose a modern version of the New Deal that centers on ecology and economic fairness.
Sophonisba Breckinridge and Edith Abbott.
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Long before Chasten Buttigieg became a 'not-so-secret weapon' in his husband Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, another same-sex couple profoundly reshaped American social policy.
A recent poll suggests many Canadians support the idea of a Green new Deal.
The idea of the Green New Deal has been around for more than a decade. Why all the fuss about it now?
The 1930s New Deal created a civilian army of conservationists who planted forests and restored wilderness.
The Chickamauga Dam, completed in 1940, was a crowning achievement of the New Deal.
The original New Deal caused a "great acceleration" in carbon emissions. How will a Green New Deal forge its own legacy?
How can photographers be more sensitive towards their subjects?
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
Images of famine or poverty are often used by human rights groups to galvanize support. And they often do. The ethics of these images is a more complex story.
Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., accompanied by Democratic members of the House and Senate in late 2017.
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The Democratic Party is a mishmash of causes and interest groups. The party's future will be determined by how its leaders balance and align the interests of its diverse factions.
A bridge built by CCC workers, Shady Lake Recreation Area, Arkansas.
On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a massive relief program that paid young men to plant trees and build parks across the nation. It was money well spent.
Evangelist Billy Graham.
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In the 1950s, religious language found its way into government and politics, due in no small part to Billy Graham.
South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa has in his state of the nation speech inspired hope.
The speech was delivered with panache and confidence. It had style, declaring to the nation and the world that he, Cyril Ramaphosa, was in charge.
Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey appear during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Dec. 8, 2007.
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Throughout American history, being a black celebrity has been a political act in and of itself. When viewed through this lens, the transition into politics for someone like Winfrey is more natural.
A big part of that check is being drawn from middle-class accounts.
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The American middle class has been on a rocky ride during the 20th century, surging after World War II but falling since the 1980s. The Republican tax plan may be its death knell.
Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes.
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Knott's Berry Farm and others romanticize the state's past and influence visitors’ sense of history. But their ideology reflects mid-20th-century political conservatism more than settlers' reality.