Civil Rights

The Man who Haunts America

John Brown, the abolitionist firebrand, remains a potent figure in the United States’ febrile politics of race.

A Stand on the Streetcar

How an individual act of resistance in 1850s’ New York led to the desegregation of the city’s transit system.

Birth of a Freedom Fighter

Nat Turner, leader of one of the most significant rebellions in the antebellum South, was born on 2 October 1800.

The Road to Equality

The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was not the great step forward it is sometimes purported to be.

Man’s Best Fiend

European power in the New World was established with the help of aggressive and intimidating dogs, specially bred for the purpose. And, as Tyler D. Parry reveals, the long history of canine violence against minority groups is still being written.

The Back-to-Africa Idea

Throughout the nineteenth century, and well into the twentieth, writes Robert G. Weisbord, the idea of a return to Africa stirred the imagination of Negro leaders in the United States.