The Last Days of Foie Gras

Irate chefs, frenzied gourmands, and the rise of animal rights in California

Dumb Kids’ Class

The benefits of being underestimated by the nuns at St. Petronille’s

Call of the Wild

Community and solitude in the Alaskan wilderness

School, Crossing

How do you move a 3-million-pound building across New Orleans? Carefully.

They Kill Horses, Don’t They?

A family farm, a drought, and difficult choices

The Last Line of Defense

An unlikely crusader, Diana Holt wages a heroic, long-odds battle against the death penalty.

Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sibyl

Harriet Beecher Stowe describes her encounter with the legendary African American activist.

Misfortune Teller

A statistics professor says he can predict crime before it occurs.

Torturer’s Apprentice

The new science of interrogation is not, in fact, so new at all: “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation” and “waterboarding” all spring directly from the practices of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. The distance, in both technique and ideology, between the Inquisition’s interrogation regime and 21st-century America’s is uncomfortably short—and provides a chilling harbinger of what can happen when moral certainty gets yoked to the machinery of torture.

Grapes of Wrath

What the 12 most famous words ever published in The Atlantic tell us about the spirit that inspired the Union

Photography and War

Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?

Toward Appomattox

Reliving the war’s final battles

The Ladies of New Orleans

A Union general is stymied by the ornery women of the South.

Leaves From an Officer’s Journal

The white colonel of the first official black regiment recounts his experience.

Women, Unite Against Slavery

The author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin issues a call to action.

Life on the Sea Islands

A young black woman describes her experience teaching freed slaves.

The Advantages of Defeat

A scholar argues that the Union debacle at Bull Run was not such a disaster.

Chiefly About War Matters, By a Peaceable Man

The novelist visits Washington in wartime—and is then censored by The Atlantic.

American Civilization

An Atlantic founder argues vehemently for the emancipation of the slaves.

The Awakening of the Negro

An educator’s controversial argument contends that blacks should advance by making themselves useful to whites.

The Result in South Carolina

A Southerner describes mounting racial tensions in the aftermath of Reconstruction.

Of the Training of Black Men

Taking issue with Booker T. Washington, the author argues that blacks should attend college.

Strivings of the Negro People

Du Bois gives voice to the aspirations of black Americans in the post-Civil War world.

Three Months Among the Reconstructionists

In 1866, a journalist offered a scathing report on post-war life in the South.


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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