In some of my recent posts, I have written about how we have come to believe a simplistic narrative of the civil rights movement—one which celebrates its successes but places it squarely in the past, disconnecting “the movement” from current protest movements in favor of racial equality. This view can be explained in part, I … Continue reading Massive Resistance and Trump
Note: This was originally posted on a different blog back in 2007, but it still seems relevant, particularly in light of some of my recent posts about the civil rights movement. I have edited it lightly in its current form. In a recent article from The Nation, Gary Younge asks, “Whatever happened to James Blake?” … Continue reading White History Month?
A couple of weeks ago, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wrote about Jeanne Theoharis’s important book A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, in which she reminds historians—and the broader public—not to neglect the movement in the North. In one particularly powerful example, Theoharis notes the … Continue reading The Biggest Civil Rights Protest You Probably Never Heard of
My morning routine typically involves walking the dog and then sitting down with a cup of coffee to read and/or write for an hour between 6:00-7:00 before getting ready for work. Yesterday morning, I started reading James Cobb‘s The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity, which has … Continue reading Mississippi and the Nation
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I have spent the weekend finally reading Jeanne Theoharis’s A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History. Following up on her celebrated biography of Rosa Parks, Theoharis now turns her critical eye toward the civil rights movement at large. A More … Continue reading The Histories We Need