He co-founded The Atlantic 162 years ago this month. His vision of progress shaped the magazine—and helped define American culture, in his time and in ours.
The most powerful people and institutions in the South spread paranoia and fear to protect slavery. Their beliefs led the country to war—and continue to haunt our politics to this day.
This Memorial Day, revisit the work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Muir, and more.
In this special edition of The Atlantic Daily: a biblical mystery unwound; a con man brought to justice; an ancient species coming back to life; and more.
Tuberculosis sanatoriums offered patients fresh air, entertainment, and socialization—for those who could afford them.
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau going into quarantine, more responsibility may fall to his deputy, Chrystia Freeland. Her writing for The Atlantic offers a glimpse into her thinking.
On the occasion of this year’s Hitchens Prize, a look back at tributes to Christopher Hitchens by Atlantic writers at the time of his death
A repealed amendment and generations of Supreme Court rulings have left the constitutional regulation of private behavior in the past. Will it stay there?
Here are some of the stories from The Atlantic’s archives that shaped my understanding of the past decade.
Alternate Endings explores how a new generation of elderly Americans is making dying more personal and more open.
A former economic adviser to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama argues that the field should be focused on maximizing people’s happiness and fulfillment.
History has made the term vague and unproductive. Should it be retired?
What if powerful foundations pushed for radical, large-scale change?
Can changing officers’ default protocols help change minds?
Building design isn’t just about visual appeal.
The world’s most accomplished memorizers insist their powers aren’t an innate gift, but rather a skill that anyone can hone.
The e-cigarette giant is relying on some awfully familiar tactics to distinguish its products.
In 1987, the Supreme Court came within one vote of eliminating capital punishment in Georgia based on evidence of racial disparities. Instead, it created a precedent that civil-rights advocates have been fighting for decades.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, magazine contributors debated whether women should have the right to vote—and whether they truly wanted it.
The theory, introduced in a 1982 Atlantic article, that maintaining order could reduce the incidence of serious crimes remains contentious 35 years later.
As the first school shooting to become a nationwide media spectacle, Columbine shaped a generation of mass-consumed tragedies.