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If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed that I spent a good portion of the last week yelling at people about Karl Marx. The fight began because I tweeted something to the effect that, in Marx…

06 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
Unpopular Front by John Ganz
Thanksgiving squabbles are a feature, not a bug

The Brothers Gracchi, reformers who were murdered in political violence Subscribe now Give a gift subscription Share In an 1858 speech, Abraham Lincoln memorably intoned that a “house divided cannot stand…

30 Nov 2021 • 13 min read
Razib Khan's Unsupervised Learning by Razib Khan
READING: Sewall: The Selling of Joseph

Subscribe now Share Samuel Sewall (1700): The Selling of Joseph: A Memorial: ‘FOR AS MUCH as Liberty is in real value next unto Life: None ought to part with it themselves, or deprive others of it, but…

28 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality by Brad DeLong
Cloth in African history: the manufacture, patterning and embroidering of Africa's signature textile aesthetics

Textiles are one of humankind's most essential commodities. Throughout history individuals and social groups have used clothing to enhance their social position and identity, set social boundaries, as…

28 Nov 2021 • 15 min read
African History Extra by isaac Samuel
Featured Publication
Thankful for Cats, Pies, and Puppets

Happy Thanksgiving! Michelle’s dear cousin Margaret spoiled us by cooking up a meal replete with delicious turkey and stuffing and everything else, including three different pies. We’re thankful to have…

28 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
A Broad and Ample Road by Michelle Kuo and Albert Wu
DCIDS Issue #18: Rarities (Part I)

Obviously I love old photos featuring cars and people. For the most part the stars of the the most interesting ID request photos I get are the people, who lend a funny or poignant air to the scene. The…

27 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
Dave’s Car ID Service by Dave Burge
An Unlikely Time for a Memorial to Racial Injustice

On a warm May afternoon, Georgia’s governor gave a somber address dedicating a site that memorialized a century-old injustice to a people of color. Not far from where he stood, the military had forced…

26 Nov 2021 • 8 min read
Southbound by Sam Rauschenberg
The Consensus Top 100 Nintendo Entertainment System Games

{Note: If you’re interested in reading this RETRO article in full but aren’t yet a full subscriber, check out RETRO’s first subscription sale, which runs through Tuesday, November 30, 2021. During this…

26 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
RETRO by Seth Abramson
Best Historical Movies for Your Thanksgiving Food Coma

I love nothing more than watching a movie on Thanksgiving night. I’m always full from eating way too much, so I put on my coziest jammies, cut another slice of pie, and pile onto the couch with my family…

25 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
Unruly Figures by Valorie Clark
Thank You All!

In the spirit of the holiday, I just want to say thank you to all the subscribers of Unpopular Front for (almost) one whole year. When I started this newsletter, I had been laid off from my job, was very…

25 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
Unpopular Front by John Ganz