For All Saints' Day, our latest Magazine Classic tells the story of one of the first — and least-known — American saints.
After witnessing decades of apparent progress toward a more racially unified nation, an African American is coming to believe the schism is deeper than he imagined.
“Walton,” he said evenly, “are you the one that writes?”
As I viewed the television images of the newly liberated Iraqis cycling through emotions of joy, relief and rage, it underscored once again for me the fundamental importance of the role of freedom in human affairs. Watching the Iraqi celebration also has brought to mind certain ironies concerning our own country: Why, in a society with traditions of economic opportunity and social mobility, do significant portions of the population live as though they are not free? What is to be done?…