Anarchism and the Avant-Garde: The Art of Félix Fénéon (1861-1944)

A spate of political bombings in 1894 would lead to the so-called Trial of the Thirty in which Feneon was narrowly acquitted. The Museum of Modern Art is currently presenting Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde – From Signac to Matisse and Beyond, examining the immense influence of this art critic, editor, publisher, collector and[…]

The Relentless Abuse of Pardons by Andrew Johnson

Prior to 1860, presidents used constitutional power to pardon and commute sentences sparingly. A deep dive into history shows another president’s relentless campaign of pardons as far more destructive to the nation at one of its most fragile moments. Prior to 1860, presidents used constitutional power to pardon and commute sentences sparingly. But like so much else in[…]

The Role of George Washington in Defining Executive Power

His role as chief executive of a new republic demanded a range of skills and talents with few precedents in history. Who Was George Washington? George Washington (1732–1799) was born and grew up in rural Virginia, at a time when it was a royal colony with British traditions of government by aristocracy and an economy[…]