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Now Available from Perspectives Online—Michael Kazin on Frank Capra

As we lift the pay gate on Michael Kazin’s contribution to the Masters at the Movies series, I’m reminded of how deeply the public mind has absorbed Frank Capra’s masterfully crafted image of the heroic filibuster from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. As readers are no doubt aware, the US Senate is in the throes of an unprecedented number of filibusters. President Obama and others have remarked that a simple majority is no longer sufficient for legislation to pass—that the only vote count which really counts is the supermajority required to break a filibuster.


Perspectives on History for March: MOOCs, Hurricanes, Historical Truth, Frank Capra, and More

Two of our favorite columns in Perspectives on History are being expertly filled this month by David Lowenthal and Michael Kazin, writing for the Art of Historyand the Masters at the Movies series, respectively. We are also exploring a new column, Thinking Historically, with an essay by Susan Ferber on Hurricane Sandy, and we have two articles in our Teaching section—Jeremy Adelman on the massive open online course (MOOC) he taught at Princeton, and Mart A. Stewart on the history class he took to Vietnam.