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Is the party of old white men doomed by demography? Will the young and the women and the people of color form a permanent ruling coalition? RICK PERLSTEIN says history suggests it’s not going to happen. He’s the author of the classics Before the Storm, on Goldwater, and Nixonland. He blogs for TheNation.com.
Also: For black history month, historian IRA BERLIN analyzes four epic migrations of African-Americans. Ira teaches at the University of Maryland; his book is The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations is out now in paperback.
Plus: New Orleans between the Superbowl and Mardi Gras: 150,000 tourists came last weekend for football; a million more are coming next weekend to binge-drink during Mardi Gras. The city lives off the restaurants and hotels. NONA WILLIS ARONWITZ was there last week, thinking about the possibility of organizing those industries to make these jobs better. Nona writes for The Nation and blogs at TheOtherNWA.com.