January/ February 2013
Table of Contents

Tilting at Windmills

Petraus's demands … Fox News's GOP ambitions … Washington's merry-go-round By Charles Peters

Features
Thenceforth and Forever Free, Mostly

Deserving of neither blanket condemnation nor blind exultation, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a brave compromise.
By Louis P. Masur

Dixie's Enemy Within

How the ideology of white supremacy undermined the South's own war effort.
By Colin Woodard

Lincoln: No Hero to Native Americans


By Sherry Salway Black

Deconstructing Reconstruction

The tumultuous decade that followed the Civil War failed to enshrine black voting and civil rights, and instead paved the way for more than a century of entrenched racial injustice.
By Nicholas Lemann

Rumors of Land

The unfulfilled dream of "forty acres and a mule."
By Max Ehrenfreund

America's Twentieth-Century Slavery

The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.
By Douglas A. Blackmon

A Second Emancipation

One hundred years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation proclamation, Martin Luther King Jr. tried unsuccessfully to get President John F. Kennedy to issue a second one. That failure changed the course of history.
By Taylor Branch and Haley Sweetland Edwards

Emmett and Trayvon

How racial prejudice in America has changed in the last sixty years.
By Elijah Anderson

Is Inequality Shortening Your Life Span?

White, black, or brown, we'd all live longer in a more equal, less status-driven society.
By Phillip Longman

Color-Blind Medicine?


By Phillip Longman

A House Divided

Why do middle-class blacks have far less wealth than whites at the same income level? The answer is in real estate and history.
By Thomas J. Sugrue

The American Dream, Redeemed

How to make homeownership a safe bet for minority borrowers.
By Reid Cramer

Prison's Dilemma

Even if every convict were rightly sentenced, America's vast, racially skewed incarceration system would still be morally indefensible.
By Glenn C. Loury

A New Role for Parole

African Americans suffer from high rates of incarceration and crime. Here's how to drastically reduce both.
By Mark A. R. Kleiman

The New White Negro

What it means that family breakdown is now biracial.
By Isabel Sawhill

The Next Affirmative Action

Want to help minority college students? Make the entire higher education system more accountable.
By Kevin Carey

Lincoln Died for Our Sins

The greatest impediment to achieving racial equality is the narcotic belief that we already have.
By Jelani Cobb

Red, White, and Black

Three Generations of African-American politicians.
By Andra Gillespie

A Dedicated Life

Shirley Sherrod's Ongoing Battle for Racial Cooperation in Georgia.
By Ryan Cooper

A Great President for Blacks?

If you think Obama hasn't delivered for African Americans, take a closer look at his record.
By Simon van Zuylen-Wood

On Political Books
An Arranged Marriage

Why Eisenhower distrusted, but needed, Nixon
By Andrew Rudalevige

COIN Operated

In Iraq and Afghanistan, General David Petraeus applied all the lessons learned in Afghanistan—except for the one that mattered most.
By Laura M. Colarusso

Class No Longer Dismissed

Why some conservatives are warming to socioeconomic school integration.
By Richard D. Kahlenberg

Did Hurricane Sandy Save Obamacare?

How disaster relief justifies the welfare state.
By Dan Farber