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This brief essay is taken from the latest book by Amos Oz, The Story Begins: Essays on Literature (Harcourt Brace).

The riots of 1968 are bound to change the way that history views the political career of Charles de Gaulle.

The Supreme Court gives women the right to choose while also rendering an important lesson on the practical workings of democracy.

New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller turns a prison-wide protest into a wholesale slaughter.

Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in March of 1964, 'Exactly one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation for them, Negroes wrote their own document of freedom in their own way. In 1963, the civil rights movement coalesced around a technique for social change, nonviolent direct action.'

From 1961 to 1966, King wrote an annual essay for The Nation. In 1963, he cautioned that the American people had mistaken token victories for real progress on racial justice.

Baseball is deservedly known as our national sport, for in the World Series just ended in triumph for the Athletics it was evident that the games contained most of the characteristic phases of American life: shrewdness, skill, sentimentality and downright luck. 

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