• Revisiting Portland a Year after the Rioting

    Elliott Young, a history professor and police reform advocate, is among the Portand residents interviewed about the state of the city a year after destructive protests over police violence drew the far left, far right, and federal law enforcement to the city. 

  • Will We Ever Get Beyond "The Fire Next Time"?

    by Elizabeth Hinton

    "What we witnessed in 2020 was the latest manifestation of an ongoing crisis that could have been solved if elected officials had properly understood the root causes the first time around."

  • Recasting the ‘Riots’ of the 1960s as Rebellions by Blacks Under Siege

    by Peniel E. Joseph

    Peniel Joseph reviews Elizabeth Hinton's new book "America On Fire" and says it "reconceptualizes the Black freedom struggle between the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Lives Matter 2.0 demonstrations that galvanized the nation, and much of the world, in 2020."

  • Gassed: A Personal History

    by Ron Steinman

    I first experienced the horror of CS gas more than 50 years ago. Today when I think of CS gas I remember how badly I felt when tear gassed on the streets of Saigon, and in Northern Ireland.

  • Beverly Hills, Buckhead, SoHo: The New Sites of Urban Unrest

    by Emily Badger

    In a reflection of how American cities have changed since the 1960s, demonstrations have included many wealthy areas. Historians and scholars including Thomas Sugrue, Alison Isenberg and Lester Spence comment on this change. 

  • Words Matter When Talking About Race, Unrest, Experts Say

    UCLA historian Robin Kelley insists rebellions occur when the usual channels for affecting change in a democracy – nonviolent protest, voting – have been ineffective, and the term "riot" obscures that fact.

  • The Fire This Time

    by Jeet Heer

    These two crucial differences—the fact that a Republican is presiding over the chaos and that the opposition to police violence is racially diverse—open the possibility for a better outcome than in 1968.