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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

What's new: May 2020

This update features seven new essays, with a focus on significant figures in twentieth-century political history. Highlights include controversial Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry; secretary of State of New Mexico Soledad Chavez Chacón; Raymond Telles, the first Mexican-American mayor of an American city; John Seigenthaler, journalist and administrative assistant; congressmen John B. Anderson and Melvin Laird; and Birch Bayh, Indiana Senator.

Marion Barry

Marion Barry (1936–2014), four-term mayor of Washington, D.C., staged one of the more remarkable comebacks in American history in 1994 by winning his fourth term as mayor. In life and in death, Barry came to symbolize that complicated and contradictory time in D.C. history that residents remember as the era of “Chocolate City,” when the city’s large African American majority and the return of local political control created the potential for unprecedented black political power.

 

 

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MAY 28, 2020

What's new: May 2020

This update features seven new essays, with a focus on significant figures in twentieth-century political history. Highlights include controversial Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry; secretary of State of New Mexico Soledad Chavez Chacón; Raymond Telles, the first Mexican-American mayor of an American city; John Seigenthaler, journalist and administrative assistant; congressmen John B. Anderson and Melvin Laird; and Birch Bayh, Indiana Senator.

APRIL 23, 2020

What's new: April 2020

This update features five new essays, with a focus on important American writers and critics. It includes film critic Pauline Kael; black nationalist writer and poet Amiri Baraka; best-selling author Esther Rome; Chicano poet, artist, and civil rights activist José Montoya; and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet John Ashbery.

MARCH 26, 2020

What's new: March 2020

This update features six new essays, lives spanning from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first. New additions include Anne Anastasi, Chris Burden, Eugene Cernan, Rudi Gernreich, Tisquantum, and Esther Wheelwright.