Civil Rights

  • The weight of history

    This election has led to a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth over the state of the electorate, and I’ve seen a lot of people arguing that the voting population in the United States needs more civics education. In many ways, I agree; I don’t think most voters could explain the mechanisms of our government […]

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  • Textbooks and the Civil Rights Movement – Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money

    As I discussed in the Black Power post from a couple of days ago, the civil rights movement has no real start or end. It’s an ongoing series of struggles. The Civil Rights Movement we think of as having primarily existed between 1954 and 1965 is really just a moment where the black freedom struggle […]

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  • It’s not even past

    A useful reminder that things we study that can seem so antiquated to young students are within the living memory and experience of lots of people. 55 yrs ago today on the Freedom Rides, we were beaten by a mob in Montgomery. A crate was smashed over my head. — John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) May 20, 2016

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