Boston, Ginn and Company

What we need in America is a steady gaze in the mirror, accepting that any talk about our history is the story of people brought here as slaves. Read more


In a case perhaps more relevant now than ever, the trial of the two immigrants became a rallying point for 1920s progressives, labor activists, and human rights advocates around the globe. Read more


For nearly three-quarters of a century, “The Progressive” has been a consistent voice against nuclear madness. Read more

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James M Shelley

“We are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.” — Joni Mitchell Read more

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Brent Nicastro

Forty years ago, the U.S. government declared The Progressive a threat to national security. Read more


In the time of Nixon and the time of Trump, The Progressive issued a clarion call for removal of a sitting President. Read more


“I would hope that I could announce my candidacy in a clown outfit.” A poke-you-in-the-eye political commentator has died, at the age of forty. Read more

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Being told to “go back” reveals the desire of white America to bleach away the blood stains of its original sin: slavery. And there's been a long line of efforts to do that. Read more


The Yippies’ co-founder and counterculture provocateur was all about making political activism fun. Read more


“For that kind of money,” Vonnegut cracked on the CBS Evening News, “the least [NASA] can do is discover God.” Civil rights activists, anti-Vietnam War protesters and even top scientists were skeptical of the Apollo moon mission at the time. Read more

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White House

Twenty years ago, a civil rights victory helped disabled people escape institutional life. Read more



U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Portland, Maine is welcoming a wave of migrants with kindness as the administration comes under fire for its cruelty at immigrant detention centers. Read more


An ode to our founder’s fierce advocacy for direct democracy by the everyday working people of this country. Read more


An exclusive excerpt from a new book about America’s largest mass trial and its most radical labor union. Read more



Brooks, Noah, 1830-1903

In the current political era, many people are trying to understand how to make our democracy function better (or even at all). Read more


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Jet Lowe

As they prepare for inauguration, an eager freshman class of alderpersons tackle the city’s escalating crisis. Read more


A new biography of Tom Hayden tracks his political life, as a radical activist and later as a prominent California Democrat. Read more


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Werner Herzog

While many people view him as a Lincoln, others consider him a “traitor” for, they believe, triggering the Soviet Union’s liquidation. A review of the film, “Meeting Gorbachev.” Read more



School of the Art Institute of Chicago

In her new book, Carolyn Forché recounts travels in El Salvador during some of its bloodiest days in the dark Reagan 1980s. “The refugees now coming from Central America are normal people,” she says, “running away from something that we helped create Read more