Don’t get lost in the minute-by-minute punditry of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Senator Bernie Sanders emphasize the importance of organizing beyond electoral politics and explain why Democrats need to both reinvest in states they’ve left behind, and take up a progressive agenda once Biden takes office.
Amid a global pandemic, with a polarized political electorate, and with protesters crowding the streets, one wonders if the American Era might be coming to an end. Wade Davis certainly would argue that it is. In a recent article for “Rolling Stone,” he wrote about COVID-19 as a factor in “the unraveling of America.” Davis shares his thoughts with Hari Sreenivasan.
Right now, polls say Joe Biden has a healthy lead over President Trump. But we’ve been here before (cue 2016), and the polls were, frankly, wrong. One man, however, was not. The historian Allan Lichtman was the lonely forecaster who predicted Mr. Trump’s victory in 2016 — and also prophesied the president would be impeached. That’s two for two. But Professor Lichtman’s record goes much deeper. In 1980, he developed a presidential prediction model that retrospectively accounted for 120 years of U.S. election history. Over the past four decades, his system has accurately called presidential victors, from Ronald Reagan in ’84 to, well, Mr. Trump in 2016.
In the video Op-Ed above, Professor Lichtman walks us through his system, which identifies 13 “keys” to winning the White House. Each key is a binary statement: true or false. And if six or more keys are false, the party in the White House is on its way out.
So what do the keys predict for 2020? To learn that, you’ll have to watch the video.
It has become a familiar scene in Brazil during the annual dry season. Fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. This one began as an illegal fire set by a farmer to clear his land. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has denied the existence of fires in the Amazon. The government’s own figures tell a different story. The national space research agency says more than 10,000 fires were recorded in the first 10 days of August.
The article examines from a global perspective the phenomenon of digital photographic archiving and questions its impact on African archives both on the continent and outside it. The authors deal with the multi-layered consequences of information technologies for African photographic archives, asking to what degree they have connected Africa to the world. They consider too how much access they have given Africans to materials that were previously either unknown to them, or beyond their reach. Finally, the article explores how much opportunity digitization offers to agents of African photographic archives, empowered by technological developments.
Chet Van Duzer discusses his new book on Henricus Martellus’ influential 1491 world map. Many texts on Martellus’ map are illegible due to fading and damage, making its exact place in Renaissance cartography impossible to determine. However, recent multispectral imaging of the map has rendered most of the previously illegible texts on the map legible. Van Duzer explained the process of multispectral imaging and how the results have enabled him to situate the Martellus map in late 15th- and early 16th-century cartography.
Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States:
George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Over 183,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.
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