Civil Rights Movement

Rosa Parks: A Woman of Substance 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 fulle...

Oct 26, 2005 / Books & the Arts / Eric Foner

The Two-Way Squeeze The Two-Way Squeeze

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

Oct 25, 2005 / Books & the Arts / The Editors

By Any Means Necessary 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 desegregat...

Jun 17, 2004 / Books & the Arts / Mike Marqusee

Why Brown Still Matters 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.

Apr 15, 2004 / Books & the Arts / David J. Garrow

A Dream Deferred A Dream Deferred

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

Apr 15, 2004 / Books & the Arts / Michael Honey

The ‘Fifth Circuit Four’ The ‘Fifth Circuit Four’

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

Apr 15, 2004 / Books & the Arts / Jack Bass

Slumming Toward Academia 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.

Feb 27, 2003 / Books & the Arts / Armond White

Who Killed Emmett Till? 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...

Jan 16, 2003 / Books & the Arts / David Holmberg and Rebecca Segall

Rethinking the Movement 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.

Nov 26, 2002 / Books & the Arts / Eric Arnesen