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.
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A repealed amendment and generations of Supreme Court rulings have left the constitutional regulation of private behavior in the past.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.
In his nearly 50 years in journalism, James Fallows has produced an enduring record of politics and global affairs. Today the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honored his work.
In 1879, a political economist argued that wealth derived from land value belonged to the American public. Today, economists are reviving interest in his ideas as a way to combat wealth disparities.
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In his work for The Atlantic, W. S. Merwin often wrote about time slipping away and goals remaining just out of reach.
Even as selective schools opened their doors to a wider array of applicants in the early 20th century, they put policies in place to maintain the advantages of wealthy white students.