News of the Past

The Atlantic has been around a long time. To end 2018, the website is looking back at magazine articles they published 50, 100, and 150 years ago. These include coverage of the Vietnam War protests, the Bolshevik Revolution, and Andrew Johnson's impeachment.

One hundred and fifty years ago, the drawn-out political battle between the Republican majority in the House and President Andrew Johnson, a lifelong Democrat, culminated in his impeachment—though the Senate later fell one vote short of removing him from office in the final months of his term. That fall’s election to replace Johnson, an anonymous Atlantic contributor contended, would be critical to the Republican effort to retain power and continue the uneasy process of national Reconstruction: “It would, indeed, be no exaggeration to say that it will be the most important election that Americans ever have known.”

There are also more offbeat stories, such as a report on an asylum for drunkards, science in the battlefields of World War I, and Teddy Roosevelt's interest in ostrich research, all with links to the original texts.

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