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Ellis Cose

Mizzou, Yale, and Sketching an Intellectual History of Black America in 2015

As with everything else going on in the new today, historians should think about the protesters on campuses from Missouri to Yale in historical context. Most notably, we as historians should begin to think about the world in which most of these protesters grew up. Shaped by 9/11, the War in Iraq, the aftermath of Katrina, the 2007-2008 economic crash, and the election of Barack Obama, these students have a world view profoundly different from earlier generations of activists, especially those of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Such a comparison is understandable, but we shouldn’t limit Read more