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March 29, 2004

Vol.190 / No.11
Terry Golway March 29, 2004

Given the culture of grievance that seems to dominate so much historical writing these days, it is surprising how infrequently the catalogers of complaint see fit to mention the Know-Nothing movement in the United States in the 19th century. Even when the Know-Nothings merit a citation in textbooks,

John W. OMalley March 29, 2004

When the second edition of Thomas Bokenkotter rsquo s book appeared in 1990 the publisher boasted that over 125 000 copies were already in circulation Tens of thousands more have surely been sold in the meantime That fact alone testifies to the merits of the book and the need it has filled This

Gary Smith March 29, 2004

Every night about 11:00 P.M., after four hours of more or less continued operation, the electric power goes out in Adjumani, Uganda. The night becomes black, dotted with a kerosene lamp here and there and maybe a rare solar-powered lamp. It is a small town of a few thousand people, a northern point

The Editors March 29, 2004

The United Nations has reported that the number of chronically hungry people worldwide is increasing at the rate of five million annually. But even here in the United States, richest of all nations, hunger and food insecurity (limited access to nutritionally adequate foods) have been steadily rising

Our readers March 29, 2004

Much Sadder Sentence

My friend Sam almost died last week. That was the first sentence of my article Growing Old in Prison, published in America last Nov. 10. Today I must write a new, much sadder sentence: my friend Sam died yesterday afternoon.

Five days ago, during a

Gerald T. Cobb March 29, 2004

The front cover of Gabriel Garc a M rquez rsquo s Living to Tell the Tale shows the author as a wide-eyed child of 2 while the back cover shows the Nobel laureate as a distinguished gentleman of 75 The passage from one stage of life to the other will be the subject of a three-volume memoir and

Christopher R. Cocozza March 29, 2004

"In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes," Benjamin Franklin observed in 1789. On no day does this seem more true for most Americans than on April 15, the day they take part in the annual ritual of filing a tax return. Knowing that April is a time when taxes are much on the mi