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Joe Simon and Captain America

Comic book writer and artist Joe (Hymie) Simon, who co-created Captain America with Jack Kirby and served as the first editor of Timely Comics, which would later transform into Marvel, was born in Rochester, New York on this date in 1913. Simon worked with Kirby for more than two decades before turning to advertising and […]

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STAT$: Poverty Looms Large in the U.S., 2016

FIFTY YEARS OF CENSUS POVERTY STATISTICS by Allan Lichtenstein   THE CENSUS BUREAU’S release of the official poverty statistics for 2016 in mid-September highlighted a return of the overall poverty rate to its pre-Great Recession level, as well as noticeable reductions in poverty rates across the board, including for blacks, Hispanics, children, females, and single mothers with children. […]

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Powerless Puerto Rico

by Dusty Sklar HURRICANE MARIA has destroyed Puerto Rico’s electricity, along with just about everything else, but Puerto Rico itself has been powerless for decades. The U.S. invaded the 3,435-square-mile Caribbean island in 1898 and established a unique relationship. Puerto Rico is a territory and a commonwealth of the U.S. Its 3.4 million people have […]

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Autumn 2017

The Editors on “The International Jew vs. White Nationalists” Dovid Katz on “The Double-Genocide Theory of the Holocaust” as a rising form of antisemitism Allan Lichtenstein, “Democrats Must Stop Ignoring Labor” Michael Zweig in defense of Marxism Helen Engelhardt on Noa Baum and the Israeli-Palestinian Divide Raina Lipsitz, “Radical or Liberal I 2017?” Sarah Aroeste […]

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