In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, millions across the nation flooded into the streets to demand an end to police brutality and to the broader, systemic repression of people of color. What is the precedent for this historic movement? Author Elizabeth Hinton traces America’s long history of civil unrest from Detroit in 1967 to Los Angeles in 1992 and beyond and uncovers how structural racism has culminated in collective resistance.
Elizabeth K. Hinton, an associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a professor of law at Yale Law School, is the author of America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s. Eric Foner (moderator) is DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University.
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