Southern History and Civil Rights in the News 3 July 2020

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Southern History and Civil Rights in the News

3 July 2020


Probably the biggest news this week is that Mississippi became the final state to remove any overt reference to the Confederate battle flag from its state flag, as reported by Time. You can read about it here. You can also listen to the response of Myrlie Evers-Williams on NPR here.


Nashville Scene has a review of Good Trouble,  the new documentary about civil rights icon John Lewis, here.


Bryan Greene wrote about the formation of the Justice Department, whose first charge was to ensure the civil rights of freedmen and -women through enforcement of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, in Smithsonian Magazine, here.


As we all know, slavery was not a uniquely southern institution, and MLive, a business publication in Michigan, details the story of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to remove the name of Lewis Cass from the “oldest standing state office building,” and rename it after former state Representatives Daisy Elliott and Melvin Larsen, who wrote the state’s civil rights law. See here.


Christina Coleburn wrote in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review that this period of “racial reckoning is a victory and an opportunity.” You can read her work here.


Until next week, stay well


Michele “Scout” Johnson

Editor, H-South


This series of weekly posts to H-South, “Southern History and Civil Rights in the News,” aims to track informed public discussions of southern history and civil rights. To recommend a reading, please email Dr. Michele Johnson at