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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • George Steiner: The Last Viennese Jew

    by Arie M. Dubnov

    The Holocaust was an impulsive rebellion by 'polytheistic instincts' against the 'noble tyranny' of Jewish monotheism, claimed Jewish American essayist and literary critic George Steiner, who passed away this month, aged 90.



  • 2 New Books Examine the the History of Black Travel

    The New York Times reviews OVERGROUND RAILROAD: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor and DRIVING WHILE BLACK: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin.



  • On the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, a look back at what was lost

    by Rob Ruck

    After World War II, Jackie Robinson hurdled baseball’s racial divide. But while integration – baseball’s great experiment – was a resounding success on the field, at the gates and in changing racial attitudes, Negro League teams soon lost all of their stars and struggled to retain fans. 



  • America’s postwar fling with romance comics

    by Michael C. Weisenburg

    Grounded in artistic and narrative realism, romance comics were remarkably different from their superhero and sci-fi peers. While the post-war popularity of romance comics only lasted a few years, these love stories ended up actually having a strong influence on other genres.