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Roundup Top 10!


  • Roundup Top 10!

    This week's broad sampling of opinion pieces found on the Internet, as selected by the editors of HNN.

  • Week of January 27, 2014

    #1 Pete Seeger's All-American Communism by David Graham The folksinger's romance with Stalinism remains disturbing, but it can't be separated from the rest of his work—nor from U.S. history. THE ATLANTIC

  • Week of January 13, 2014

    #1 Why the "War on Poverty" Isn't Over by Stephanie Coontz And why it was actually a remarkable success. CNN

  • Week of January 6, 2014

    #1 New York Times Room for Debate: Turning Away From Painful Chapters What happens when we ignore ugly truths about the past -- when families bury their dark secrets, and nations try to forget their sins? NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of December 16, 2013

    #1 The History and Lessons of Congressional Crises What does the past suggest about how Congress responds to breaks in its norms? NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of December 9, 2013

    #1 The Anti-Jacksonians by Sean Wilentz Historical analogies are oft imperfect, and the Tea Party=Jacksonian Democrats meme is more imperfect than most. DEMOCRACY: A JOURNAL OF IDEAS

  • Week of December 2, 2013

    #1 Mandela Taught a Continent to Forgive by John Dramani Mahama How a revolutionary became a man of peace. NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of November 25, 2013

    #1 Diminishing Returns of the Global Turn by David A. Bell Global history has met the law of diminishing returns in its insights. IMPERIAL & GLOBAL FORUM

  • Week of November 18, 2013

    #1 Kennedy's Legacy of Inspiration by Robert Dallek Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, he remains an object of almost universal admiration. NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of November 11, 2013

    #1 JFK Was an Unapologetic Liberal by David Greenberg His underrated career as ideological warrior. THE NEW REPUBLIC

  • Week of November 4, 2013

    #1 Bloomberg, Champion of the Poor by Michael B. Katz Michael Bloomberg's anti-poverty efforts in New York City deserve recognition. NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of October 28, 2013

    #1 This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network by David A. Bell Historians have been applying the network -- the controlling metaphor of the digital age -- to everything, even the distant past. Maybe that's not such a great idea. THE NEW REPUBLIC

  • Week of October 21, 2013

    #1 Kennedy, the Elusive President by Jill Abramson Was Kennedy really a great president? NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of October 14, 2013

    #1 Congress: The Joke's On Us by Jonathan Zimmerman Maligning Congress is easier than looking in the mirror. LOS ANGELES TIMES

  • Week of October 7, 2013

    #1 Obama, the Debt, and the 14th Amendment by Sean Wilentz Actually, the 14th Amendment DOES give the president the power to raise the debt ceiling. NEW YORK TIMES

  • Week of September 30, 2013

    #1 The Worst Shutdown in Modern U.S. History by Ellen Fitzpatrick and Theda Skocpol Why? Because it undermines the democratic process. CNN

  • Week of September 23, 2013

    #1 There Is No Such Thing as the ‘Traditional Male Breadwinner’ by Stephanie Coontz The whole concept was a late-arriving, short-lived aberration in the history of the world, and it’s over. We need to move on. TIME MAGAZINE

  • Week of September 16, 2013

    #1 Science’s Humanities Gap by Gary Gutting Humanists have been much more receptive to science than vice-versa. NEW YORK TIMES