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A Small Tennessee Town Is at the Center of a Big Lawsuit Involving Race, Power and Money

In 2021, the small town of Mason, Tenn., got what seemed like good news: a new multibillion-dollar Ford Motor Company plant would open there in 2025.

The plant, part of Ford’s plan to lean in on elec..

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Fired Philadelphia Cop Charged With Murder in Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy

PHILADELPHIA — A fired Philadelphia police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a fleeing 12-year-old boy, who prosecutors said Monday was on the ground and unarmed when the officer..

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Emmett Till’s Relatives Seek Kidnapping Prosecution in 1955 Case

Stymied in their calls for a renewed investigation into the killing of Emmett Till, relatives and activists are advocating another possible path toward accountability in Mississippi: They want authori..

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The Tormented Rise of Abolition in 1830’s America

Abolition in America stood at a crossroads in the mid-1830s. Reviled in the national press, denounced by demagogues, and attacked by mobs, abolitionists faced unprecedented hostility and violence coor..

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How a Journalist’s Refusal to Testify Against the Black Panthers Changed First Amendment Rights

In the fall of 1968, journalist Earl Caldwell had just gotten back to the New York Times‘ offices in New York City from a reporting trip in California. As he recalls, he was at his desk for no more th..

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The Enduring Timeliness of Frederick Douglass’s Last Major Speech

Premiering on HBO and HBO Max on Feb. 23, a new documentary Frederick Douglass in Five Speeches looks at the life of the most famous abolitionist of the 19th century through five of his key speeches. ..

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Ahmaud Arbery Killers Found Guilty in Federal Hate Crimes Case

The three men who were convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery were all found guilty of federal hate crimes trial on Feb. 22—after the jury spent less than 24 hours deliberating. The verdict comes just a d..

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How Eleanor Roosevelt Worked to Stop Her Husband Approving Japanese Internment Camps During World War II

In the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, rumors of sabotage and imminent further attacks found fertile ground in the minds of a nervous American public. In a press conference sh..

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The Legacy of the Reconstruction Era’s Black Political Leaders

At least 19 states passed 34 laws restricting access to voting in 2021, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp signed a law limiting the number of drop boxes for ball..

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Louisiana Gov. Set to Pardon Homer Plessy, 125 Years After SCOTUS ‘Separate But Equal’ Ruling

On Jan. 11, 1897, Homer Plessy pleaded guilty in a New Orleans district court for sitting in a whites-only train car, eight months after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Louisiana’s Separate Car Act and ..