History and Historiography

American Slave Traders

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James Oakes
Ships Going Out

In American Slavers, Sean M. Kelley surveys the relatively unknown history of Americans who traded in slaves in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Erin Maglaque
An Overabundance of Virtue

The scholar James Hankins has argued that the revival of ancient virtues was a central concern of Renaissance humanists. But can those virtues also be revived in modern America?

Regina Marler

In Ramona Ausubel’s latest novel, The Last Animal, the main characters move between poles of loss and recovery as climate grief blends into personal grief.

neap tide—autumn

a poem by 
Pattie McCarthy

the tidal forest is the whole
present tense—the first

winter full
moon in october

gossamer overcast
the wind catches—one

tree & then the next—
a tide that reaches the sky

Anahid Nersessian
Poems to Wake the Corpses

Joyce Mansour, the Syrian-Jewish writer whom André Breton called “the greatest poet of our time,” is the latest female member of the Surrealist circle to be reintroduced to the public.

Free from the Archives

In the Review’s March 28, 2002, issue, Michael Tomasky wrote a history of the World Trade Center. Conceived in 1946, under New York Governor Thomas Dewey, as a building “for exhibiting and otherwise promoting the purchase and sale of products in international trade,” the idea was absorbed in the 1950s into David Rockefeller’s vision of a lower Manhattan bristling with skyscrapers and prime real estate, until finally, in the early 1970s—when his brother Nelson was governor—“these out-of-scale behemoths that cheeky New Yorkers quickly nicknamed ‘Nelson’ and ‘David’” were erected in the Financial District.

Michael Tomasky
The World Trade Center:
Before, During, and After

“‘Is that two buildings with fifty-five stories each?’ Nelson asked the architect. ‘Oh no,’ he replied. ‘One-hundred-ten stories apiece!’ ‘My God!’ the governor exclaimed. ‘These towers will make David’s building look like an out-house!’”

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