A new issue of NeoAmericanist is out. From New York, Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman on the NYPD Division of Un-American Activities: After 9/11, the NYPD built in effect its own CIA and delved deeper into the lives of citizens than did the NSA. Security v freedom: The war on terror haunts America still — it should recover some of its most cherished values. Sign at Christian school in Arkansas says “Staff is Armed”. Dylan Matthews on how the natural-born citizenship clause is the subject of frequent interpretative debate — but it should just be junked altogether. Felix Salmon on the negative value of US citizenship. A civil service for the 21st century: Merit-based hiring systems in US state and local governments are more than a century old, and some of them make managing the public workforce difficult and complicated. Mary Ellen Lennon reviews Inventing the Egghead: The Battle over Brainpower in American Culture by Aaron Lecklider. Christopher Heaney on the toughest historical reenactment in America. Shaul Magid argues that Zalman Schachter-Shalomi is the Rebbe for post-ethnic America — but is cosmotheism a good idea? This amazing map shows every person in America: Segregation, diversity, and clustering become very clear when every human becomes a dot. American Cheese: The big grin hasn’t always been America’s default facial expression, but cameras, casting directors, and cosmetic dentistry have changed how we want to see ourselves. What’s the state of American Studies? Ray Haberski investigates.

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