Set in the Jim Crow South, 'The Help' too often feels like a civics lesson despite moments of nobility with stellar performances by Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
Descendants of the two parties in Plessy v. Ferguson, which established the notorious 'separate but equal' doctrine that legally justified segregation, have joined to create a foundation to advocate for better racial harmony.
From harrowing glimpses of life in North Korea to the stories of the black Americans who fled the Jim Crow South, these five nonfiction titles were nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as the best work of 2010. The final award will be announced in March.
Sometimes truth really is stranger (and scarier!) than fiction. Here are the 2011 Edgar Award nominees for best true crime book.
The past year in US politics has been full of more alienation and polarization than at any time since 1861, all of it now capped off in the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. As in 1861, today's divide has opened up over a single deep question. But this fundamental collision of values doesn't mean violence is inevitable.
Why did 6 million US blacks leave their homes? Author Isabel Wilkerson talks about "the Great Migration" and how it reshaped the US.
Condoleezza Rice’s memoir is largely a loving tribute to the parents who were "anxious.... perhaps a little too anxious" to give her a head start in life.
Seven lessons from the deep South on racism, racial discrimination, and prejudice.