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Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement news and analysis from The Nation

  • October 26, 2005

    Rosa Parks: A Woman of Substance

    Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who came before and after her.

    Eric Foner

  • October 25, 2005

    The Two-Way Squeeze

    The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks's actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.

    the Editors

  • June 17, 2004

    By Any Means Necessary

    In June 1965 James Farmer, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and longtime champion of Gandhian nonviolence, arrived in Bogalusa, Louisiana, to support a desegregation struggle in t

    Mike Marqusee

  • April 15, 2004

    Why Brown Still Matters

    Fifty years ago, African-Americans and fellow progressives hailed Brown v. Board of Education as a conclusive turning point in the struggle for racial equality.

    David J. Garrow

  • April 15, 2004

    A Dream Deferred

    After bloody battles for desegregation, blacks in Memphis are still behind.

    Michael Honey

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  • April 15, 2004

    The ‘Fifth Circuit Four’

    How four federal judges brought the rule of reason to the South.

    Jack Bass

  • February 27, 2003

    Slumming Toward Academia

    Only the joy of capitalist expectation could move a pre-Reagan-born American to utter the line "civil rights is dead," let alone write a book devoted to that proposition.

    Armond White

  • January 16, 2003

    Who Killed Emmett Till?

    The summer before 14-year-old Trent Lott entered all-white Pascagoula High School in Mississippi, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago named Emmett Till convinced his mother to let him go down.

    David Holmberg and Rebecca Segall

  • November 26, 2002

    Rethinking the Movement

    As any casual observer of mega-bookstore shelves knows, the history of the modern civil rights movement is a well-studied field.

    Eric Arnesen