A film made by Chevrolet in 1937 and preserved in the Prelinger Archive explained how traffic lights worked.
The year you were born, Walter Prichard Eaton argued that the rise of cinema would widen class divides.
In the January/February 2010 issue, David M. Kennedy wrote about Woodrow Wilson as a model for realist foreign policy.
In March 2012, Andrea Chalupa wrote about how Animal Farm gave hope to Stalin’s refugees.
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In September 1998, Francis Davis wrote about Sinatra's legacy.
In November 2010, Cailey Hall wrote about the magic that makes the movie resonate decades after its release.
Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
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