New York area marksman C.B. Winder shooting a gun. 
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Deep Dive

Each week, our editors annotate the most popular op-ed pieces in the news with links to further reading on JSTOR.

Brainwashing, Mind Control, and American Paranoia

During the Cold War, Americans believed the Soviets and Communist China had developed brainwashing techniques. Then it came to America.
Aaron Shikler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A Muslim Shouldn’t Be President? We Said That About Catholics, Too

Ben Carson's remarks on whether or not a Muslim should be President of the United States is put into context. We've seen this before.

Conquering Antarctica’s Ice Marathon

The Antarctic Ice Marathon is a 26.2-mile run across the coldest, windiest, driest continent on Earth.
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Scott Walker, The Koch Brothers, and the History of Right to Work Laws

The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 gave states the ability to enact right to work laws, granting opponents of unions the ability to institute open-shop laws.
By Martinvl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Truth Behind the Tower Ravens

Fakelore: the deliberate fabrication of a folklore. A term that perfectly describes the legend of the Tower Ravens, the birds of the Tower of London.
"ClubForGrowth" by Source (WP:NFCC#4). Licensed under Fair use via <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ClubForGrowth.jpg#/media/File:ClubForGrowth.jpg" target="_blank">Wikipedia</a>

The Club for Growth and Political Polarization

Organized groups have arisen to enforce "party purity" and wider political polarization in American politics.
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The Rise and Fall of Coal Miners’ Unions

The origin of coal miners' unions during the late 19th century.
circa 1955: Women loiter in the doorways of nightclubs in Yoshiwara, the red light district of Tokyo, while prospective clients wander past or stop to look. (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

The Battle to Keep Prostitution Legal in 1950s Japan

Revisiting the struggle to keep prostitution from being criminalized in 1950s Japan.
"Albert Einstein 1947" by Photograph by Oren Jack Turner, Princeton, N.J. - The Library of Congress. Licensed under Public Domain via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Albert_Einstein_1947.jpg#/media/File:Albert_Einstein_1947.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>

Albert Einstein: Genius and Anti-racist

A look at Albert Einstein's passionate fight against racism.