Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and ­History at Columbia and President of the Social Science Research Council. His latest book is Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time. (April 2014)


The Great and Grudging Transformation

Barber shop, North Carolina, 1963; photograph by Leonard Freed from his ‘Black in White America’ series. A collection of Freed’s photographs of the 1963 March on Washington, This Is the Day, was published last year by the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Sharing the Prize: The Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the American South

by Gavin Wright
In the spring of 1945, a president from Missouri implored a political scientist from Texas to undertake a major examination of southern politics. Writing “to voice my opinion that the project is an important one,” Harry Truman sought to convince the reluctant V.O. Key Jr., a thirty-seven-year-old assistant professor at …

An Appeal

To our Governments and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations The world must take action to bring the war in former Yugoslavia to an end. Two and a half million people have been driven from their homes in a program of “ethnic cleansing.” Thousands of civilians have been massacred.