John Maxwell Hamilton is a global fellow with the Wilson Center, serves on the faculty for Louisiana State University, and is author of Manipulating the Masses: Woodrow Wilson and the Birth of American Propaganda (2020).
Articles and Events
Adam Hochschild’s sobering new account of civil rights violations during WWI shows the danger of paranoia.
Columnists and Calumny
Journalists have long sought to fight off outside interference in press liberties. But two books about the history of the free press show there's a longstanding concern about "press-lying."
In American Republics, Alan Taylor sticks to the dark side of early American history.
A Real History of Fake News
It has a long, not-so-illustrious past.
The Elmer’s Treatment
The U.S. government shares vast amounts of information with the public, a touch of glue to help hold a skeptical polity together.