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A Poll Tax By Any Other Name

Dana Sweeney Facing South
face photo of Black man Robert Peoples remembers when African Americans won the right to vote in Alabama back in 1965. More than 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, Robert Peoples cannot vote in the state of Alabama.

Plots Against America?: Jim Crow Was Homegrown Fascism

Guy Lancaster History News Network
The HBO miniseries adaptation of Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America is an opportunity for historians and the public to think about the relationship of Jim Crow to fascism

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Jazz and Justice

Gregory N. Heires Portside
The book under review charts two worlds of the Jazz industry, paying attention both to the joy it brought to listeners alongside the depth of racism and economic exploitation behind the music.

White Supremacy Tried to Kill Jazz. The Music Triumphed.

Anton Woronczuk interview with Gerald Horne Truthout
In this interview, Horne describes the role of racism in the development of jazz, the gulf between its domestic and international reception; and why creativity, improvisation and technical mastery were a means of survival for its performers.

The Great Land Robbery

Vann R. Newkirk II The Atlantic
Man looking at posted no hunting sign on farm in Mississippi. The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the ‘Stony Road’ for Black Americans

David Luhrssen Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
The highly regarded scholar's latest work tackles the deep roots of white nationalism as it emerged from conflicts surrounding Reconstruction and the failure of post-Civil War governments to stamp down racism and secure genuine emancipation.

The Defiant Ones

Amy Crawford, Photographs by Lola Flash Smithsonian Magazine
As young girls, they fought the fierce battle to integrate America’s schools. They were African-American children, the vast majority girls, who were “firsts” in the years before and after the Supreme Court struck down school segregation.
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