In 1971, The New York Times began publishing a classified report that describes questionable usage of our nation’s military in Vietnam. What do The Pentagon Papers tell us about the consolidation of military power? Was the Vietnam War the type of event which Eisenhower warned of only ten years before?
Adjusted for inflation, The United States defense budget has multiplied by sixty over the last century. This article reflects on the development of the Department of Defense and the military-industrial complex, alongside the early impacts of America’s permanent wartime economy.
Among the first debates of the new republic was how to balance democracy and authority; a challenge that continues to shape American politics today. James Madison, fearing an “excess of democracy”, proposed a system of modest popular participation alongside a clearly defined ruling class.
This article analyzes the perspective and values of Howard Zinn, specifically in his acclaimed work, A People’s History of the United States (1980). By studying his narrative of American history, we can learn more about the process of studying “history from below” in a nation plagued with clashing histories and narratives.
By studying the build-up and fallout of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), this article explores the cases for and against affirmative action, especially in the context of public universities and their admissions processes.