For 161 years, magazine contributors have written about the gravest dangers and darkest hours for America’s political institutions.
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led directly to hip-hop, an era of black American culture, politics, and art that is often contrasted with his legacy.
For all the visible damage the president has done to the nation’s global standing, things are much worse below the surface.
A year into the Civil War, The Atlantic’s co-founder entreated President Lincoln and the Republican-majority Congress to bring slavery to an immediate and permanent end.
A ballot amendment in the November election could restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in Florida, one of just three states that permanently bars felons from voting.
Political enthusiasms are running high around the country.
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln warned that America could not remain “half slave and half free.” Today, the country remains divided by racism—and the threat is as existential as it was before the Civil War.
The Constitution once united a diverse country under a banner of ideas. But partisanship has turned Americans against one another—and against the principles enshrined in our founding document.
As participation in civic life has dwindled, so has public faith in the country’s system of government.
Democracy has taken a beating under President Trump. Will the midterms make a difference?
President Trump signed an executive order authorizing sanctions against countries or individuals that interfere in U.S. elections.
The president grades himself highly for how the federal government responded to the disaster in Puerto Rico.
For years, America has led the world in admissions, but under the Trump administration, it’s relinquishing that role.
The debate over raisins with capers may seem trivial, but it’s at the heart of gastropolitics.
There are multiple reasons why surveys have had a hard time capturing the success of this year’s crop of insurgent Democrats.
Commanders in chief are typically buoyed by a healthy economic climate. Not so with this president.
As anti-immigration sentiments intensified in the U.S. during World War I, Randolph S. Bourne argued for embracing cultural diversity rather than demanding assimilation.
The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. They didn’t anticipate how strong the mob could become.
Amid assaults against the press and the rise of technology, democracy is in a fragile state. Can it overcome the challenges it faces?
On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the late passengers of United Flight 93 who resisted hijackers.
A U.S. Army veteran and his Afghan translator took matters into their own hands—and saved each other’s lives.
The former president has stepped out to campaign for Democrats in the 2018 midterms in a way he never did as president.
Florida Representative Ron DeSantis said he’s resigning from Congress to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.