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June 4, 2007

Vol.196 / No.20
George M. AndersonJune 04, 2007

ldquo A bright mulatto is stripped to a nude condition and a careful examination is made of all parts of the body by the Dr and she is pronounced by him to be sound The money is then paid and she is transferred to her new owner rdquo With this mid-19th-century description of the sale of a

James S. TorrensJune 04, 2007

I have just finished reading about 1,000 poems submitted for America’s annual Foley poetry contest. Garrison Keillor, of “Prairie Home Companion,” says he read 2,000 poems on the topic of spring to pick 15 for his radio show on April Fool’s weekend. Wearying as that is, we both

The Word

During the Easter season a major concern in the Sunday Scripture readings was how the movement begun by the earthly Jesus might continue after his death resurrection and ascension These readings showed that we can have a personal relationship with the glorious risen Christ From that relationship

Current Comment
The EditorsJune 04, 2007

ISLAMIC REFORM Skeptics often ask whether Muslims are capable of democratic self-government. Most often the implied supposition is that they could not possibly be. But two current political struggles suggest that Muslims, like any people, are capable of standing up for democracy. Pakistan has been r

June 04, 2007

Welcome to the new and improved Web site for America magazine! Have a look around and tell us what you think. You can email us at [email protected] or post a comment below. In addition to a sharp new look, America’s site is now home to America Connects, featuring all new web-only

Olga BonfiglioJune 04, 2007

A shoeless boy wearily weaves his way down the street, alone, in a limp pair of soiled shorts and a torn T-shirt. Heaps of trash pile up on vacant corners and in the grassy medians of the citys streets. Dogs of many breeds, some of them obviously sick with disease, listlessly amble around the neighb


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