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Civil Rights Movement

Civil Rights Movement news and analysis from The Nation

  • January 15, 2008

    Hillary’s Real MLK Problem

    "Change" is this year's Democratic battle cry, but if you don't know how it happens, you're not likely to make it happen yourself.

    Barbara Ehrenreich

  • October 31, 2007

    Memphis Is Also America

    The civil rights movement that erupted in 1968 revealed in a few swift weeks white America's failure to respond to the nonviolence of Dr. King, and black America's recoil into despair and a violence of desperation.

    Pat Watters

  • October 18, 2007

    Father of History

    Bettina Aptheker's recent memoir has incited fierce debate over her father s legacy.

    Christopher Phelps

  • April 24, 2007

    Roads to Freedom

    A rich crop of new books offers fresh insight into the ongoing struggle for civil rights in America.

    David L. Chappell

  • February 21, 2007

    White History 101

    Why can't white people and black people have access to a shared history that is accurate, honest, antiracist and inclusive?

    Gary Younge


  • December 20, 2006

    And the Beat Goes On…

    A new book examining civil rights coverage demonstrates that the best reporting sometimes requires journalists to toss objectivity out the window.

    Eric Alterman

  • March 9, 2006

    The Great Black Hope

    Taylor Branch concludes his staggering trilogy of the civil rights era with At Canaan's Edge, a relentlessly detailed narrative of Martin Luther King's desperate struggle to save the movement.

    Gerald Early

  • February 2, 2006

    The Race to War

    Lost Battalions tells the story of two US Army regiments of the American Expeditionary Force, the struggle to buy citizenship through the self-sacrifice of war.

    David Levering Lewis

  • February 2, 2006

    Coretta Scott King

    The widows of great men either gracefully retire from history's stage or take their own lonely road. Coretta Scott King had little hesitancy about carrying on her husband's work.

    The Editors

  • January 11, 2006

    Working-Class Hero

    While the edges continue to be smoothed off Martin Luther King Jr.'s bracing challenges to racism, war and free-market exploitation, the holiday is a time to remember a leader who believed civil rights and labor rights are tightly intertwined.

    William P. Jones