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(Seahorse) On Abortion: A Lincolnian Position

The argument over abortion is uncannily parallel, philosophically and rhetorically, with the argument over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. And, the author contends, "we can find in Lincoln's anti-slavery rhetoric a coherent position that could serve as a model for pro-life politicians today"--one that combines strenuous efforts to contain abortion with an acknowledgement of a woman's constitutional right to choose.

by George McKenna

(Seahorse) The Great Sorting

In this second part of a two-part article the author describes how the Scholastic Aptitude Test--with a big assist during the Korean War from the U.S. military, which needed criteria for awarding draft deferments--emerged as a national standard for evaluating millions of people.

by Nicholas Lemann

[The first part of the article, "The Structure of Success in America" (from the August, 1995, issue of The Atlantic) describes the origins of the Educational Testing Service--an institution created by an energetic dreamer named Henry Chauncey.]


(Seahorse) Notes & Comment: Raiding Nation
It is time to return to the template of prosperity that we abandoned eighty years ago.

Language: "Ulysses" in Chinese
Translating James Joyce's masterpiece is no picnic in French or Croatian, but Chinese presents special obstacles. Xiao Qian and Wen Jieruo were undaunted.
by Cait Murphy

Foreign Affairs: The Struggle to Govern Johannesburg
Eliminating apartheid at the national level was one thing. But the racial, political, and economic divisions that exist locally are as durable as they are odious.
by Lynda Schuster

Fiction & Poetry

The Lather
A poem
by David Barber

Two Poems
A poem
by Richard Wilbur

A Display of Mackerel
A poem
by Mark Doty

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Arts & Leisure

Travel: Green-Hearted Italy
The best reason to visit Italy's Umbria region is the mystic landscape.
by Corby Kummer

Music: Unreconstructed Modernist
Making sense of Pierre Boulez, one of the most puzzling figures in the music of our time.
by David Schiff


Slavery and the Jews
The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, by The Historical Research Department, The Nation of Islam
by Winthrop D. Jordan

The Moral State of Marriage
The Best Is Yet to Come, by Ivana Trump
The Good Marriage, by Judith S. Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee
by Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

Brief Reviews
by Phoebe-Lou Adams

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by Anne H. Soukhanov

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