Thomas Paine Was History’s Greatest Hater of the British Crown / by Ryan Zickgraf

English-born American philosopher Thomas Paine’s Common Sense savaged British royalty. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images) Originally Published in Jacobin, 09.10.2022 The American Revolution was inspired by ruthless criticism of the British monarchy. Why stop now? Since news broke of Elizabeth II’s death at age ninety-six, US social media has been awash with tributes, memes, and merciless dunksContinue reading “Thomas Paine Was History’s Greatest Hater of the British Crown / by Ryan Zickgraf”

Langston Hughes: Let America be America again / by Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes. | Painting by Winold Reiss (c. 1925) / National Portrait Gallery As people in the United States mark the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolution of 1776, People’s World presents the poem, “Let America be America again,” by Langston Hughes (1902-67). One of the great American poets and fiction writers, Hughes’ workContinue reading “Langston Hughes: Let America be America again / by Langston Hughes”