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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

August 2018

The August 2018 update includes twenty new essays, with a focus on the broad varieties of American feminism and civil rights activism. Highlights include Fred Korematsu, who took his case against World War II internment camps to the Supreme Court, and Molly Yard, feminist and president of the National Organization for Women. Subscribe by RSS feed for updates.

Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley (1921–2005) was an African-American civil rights lawyer, politician, and judge. She was the first African-American woman appointed to the federal judiciary, and her formidable courtroom skills and calm demeanor earned her the moniker, “The Civil Rights Queen.”

 

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AUGUST 20, 2018

What's new: August 2018

Discover lives across feminism and civil rights activism.

JULY 25, 2018

What's new: July 2018

Meet twelve new figures from American pop culture.

JUNE 27, 2018

What's new: June 2018

Explore new biographies from the history of American music.