discipline and punish
August Vollmer and the Sins of the Father

A biography of “the father of American policing” offers timely insights into his progressive, professional approach to policing, but fails to grapple with the darker side of his legacy.

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Plagues of the Past
Fear and Loathing in Philadelphia

In 1793, the former U.S. capital was ravaged by yellow fever. Its response illustrated the limits of the Enlightenment—but also the strength of the Republic.

“General George Washington Resigns his Commission” by John Trumbull. Courtesy US Capitol
George Washington
A Man for All Seasons

George Washington was neither a saint nor a scoundrel. He was, above all, an institutionalist—and it is this Washington we need today.

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