The Between Civil War and Civil Rights series explores and documents how yesterday’s racialized “amusements”—and dead-serious struggles—sowed the seeds of today’s national divisions and apparent political paralysis. Hear and join our exploration of the tensions around “race” in our past—including the longest, bloodiest, most successful campaign of terrorism and propaganda in U.S. history in the 90+ year period (1865–1955)—and how it illuminates our continuing crisis, trapped between civil War, and full civil rights. This is a continuing investigation of everyday experience, of a history of surprises and shocks, terror and heroism. Join our inquiry into the struggles for equality, democracy and justice which brought us here thus far, and the attitudes, values, and cultural realities with which we live in the present, and therefore our future.
In these programs, those who lived the events tell the stories—from all sides—in their own voices and words; and leading thinkers discuss and debate their meanings. Several chapters, as noted below and broadcast on public radio stations nationwide, are unfinished. So we invite you, as listeners to and participants in this ongoing hi/story, to collaborate in bringing them to completion. We want your ideas, your memories, your creative input and your financial support, in bringing the broadest possible community to this project. Help produce programs, develop visually-enhanced multimedia versions and curriculum materials, and join the dialogue.