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1965-1968 saw the climax of the civil rights movement and the massive escalation of the war in Vietnam as well as the tremendous growth of the anti-war movement. The intense, dizzying and heartbreaking story of those tumultuous years has now been told with unprecedented power and insight by TAYLOR BRANCH. His new book is At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68.
READ Gary Wills in the New York Review on Taylor Branch’s At Canaan’s Edge
Also: Its the third anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq: JOHN NICHOLS, Washington correspondent of The Nation, says Nothing, not even the Bush administration’s deception and intransigence, has done so much to continue the quagmire as the failure of Congress to check and balance the madness of President George.
Plus: Chicagos Haymarket riot of May 4, 1886, changed the history of American labor and created a panic among Americans about immigrant radicals. At the Haymarket demonstration, somebody threw a bomb that killed seven policemen. Eight labor activists were convicted of murder, and four hanged, although they were later proven innocent. Historian JAMES GREEN tells the story — his new book is Death in the Haymarket: A Story of Chicago, the First Labor Movement, and the Bombing That Divided Gilded Age America.
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