Jan 10, 2013 — In his new book, The Double V, Rawn James Jr. argues that to understand race in America one must understand the history of African-Americans in the military. While the turning point came between the world wars, the struggle began with the American Revolution.
Jan 7, 2012 — Eleven-year-old Glory, feels like she's about to have the worst summer of her life. It's 1964 in Hanging Moss, Miss., a year that will teach her about bigotry, loyalty and bravery. Former librarian Augusta Scattergood talks with host Scott Simon about her first young adult fiction novel, Glory Be.
Dec 9, 2011 — Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations for the season's best books from independent booksellers Lucia Silva, Rona Brinlee and Daniel Goldin. This winter, their top picks range in subject from toasters to typeface, odd bookmarks to old Volkswagens, department stores to pasta design.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Summer We Got Saved by Pat Cunningham Devoto. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 28, 2011 — Wednesday markets the 50th anniversary of the start of the Freedom Rides, when an integrated group of Civil Rights activists rode together by bus through the deep South challenging integration. Historian Raymond Arsenault recounts their journey in Freedom Riders.
Apr 23, 2009 — A new Census Bureau report shows that fewer Americans are relocating now than at any time in the past six decades. If you're interested in moving to a new home, but cannot because of the bad economy, tell us your story.
Sep 30, 2008 — Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, argues that Americans are segregating themselves into ideologically-homogeneous communities. The majority of Americans are so comfortable in their beliefs, says Bishop, that they can't even listen to opposing viewpoints.
Mar 10, 2007 — From the Civil War into the 1920s, white mobs violently expelled virtually all of their black neighbors in dozens of towns across the South. A new book, Buried in the Bitter Waters, describes this oft-forgotten history of racial cleansing.
Jan 12, 2006 — In 1961, the Freedom Riders set out for the Deep South to defy Jim Crow laws and call for change. Their efforts transformed the civil rights movement. Raymond Arsenault is the author of 'Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice'.
Dec 20, 2005 — Listener Joanne recommends this novel set in the south during the 1960s, calling it "a fascinating, highly readable historical novel."