FDL Book Salon Welcomes Charles Euchner, Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington

By: Saturday February 2, 2013 1:59 pm

Charles Euchner’s Nobody Turn Me Around shines much needed light on the legions of individuals and institutions behind the March on Washington. Euchner offers a particularly useful window onto three issues shaping the 1963 rally: the scale of the organizing effort, the ideological and personal tensions driving march organizers, and the policies activists pressed the Kennedy Administration and Congress to enact. By centering his analysis on the people and polices driving the march, Euchner presents the rally as a fully human contrivance—the product of dedicated but nonetheless flawed people who understood the value of forging temporary alliances to achieve specific political ends.

Rep. John Lewis: “Today It Is Unbelievable That There Are Republican Officials Still Trying to Stop Some People From Voting”

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 4:15 pm

As I’ve written before, the term “civil rights” covers all social justice issues, and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), an ally to the LGBT community, has literally taken body blows for equality. Today it is almost unthinkable that we’re talking about the basic right to vote and the incessant attacks on the right to disenfranchise voters they believe will not cast their ballot for Republicans.

R.I.P. Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, Civil Rights Giant

By: Thursday October 6, 2011 1:10 pm

On a day overshadowed by the coverage of the passing of Steve Jobs, we also lost a civil rights leader who literally took body blows for racial equality. The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, a contemporary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rep. John Lewis and others who put their lives on the line, died at 89.

Dumb and Uninformed Actions by Dumb and Uninformed Elected Officials

By: Thursday June 16, 2011 7:00 pm

While all the major media outlets were carrying news about Rep. Weiner’s penis, the House adopted projected Agriculture Budget cuts that will seriously diminish the U.S. support for women and children if they prevail. Although there were several – well, approaching 20 – members of the right who declined to add their vote, the measure passed with one Dem. joining in the irresponsible measure to reduce spending on needy for nutrition, by support of farmers that contribute their products and are repaid.

Wingers Going after the Babies

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 5:15 pm

Proposed $47 million cuts in the program of nutrition for Women, Infants and Children will make it that more difficult for pregnant women and small children, literally, to survive. These cuts are extended by Pentagon spending increases.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Raymond Arsenault, Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice

By: Sunday May 29, 2011 1:59 pm

The cover of Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice features a dramatic picture of a burning bus and the mug shots of Freedom Riders who’d been jailed in the notorious Parchman Mississippi State Prison. Most of us are familiar with these images. Ray Arsenault’s book provides the stories behind the pictures — and so much more.

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Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
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The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
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