Fair housing demonstration, Milwaukee, 1967.

White Milwaukee Lied to Itself for Decades, and in 1967 the Truth Came Out

When the Long Hot Summer came to Wisconsin, the reality of race relations was impossible to ignore.
Memphis sanitation workers protesting with National Guard behind them, March, 1968.

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis

In his final days, King stood by striking sanitation workers. We returned to the city to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.
Carleton E. Watkins, River View, Cathedral Rock, Yosemite, 1861.

Yosemite and the Future of the National Park

The Trump administration is working to undo one of the guiding principles of U.S. conservation.
Appalachia, VA, 1990 #40, from the portfolio

A Hillbilly Syllabus

“Some people call me Hillbilly, Some people call me Mountain Man; Well, you can call me Appalachia, ’Cause Appalachia is what I am.” —Del McCoury
Bowen Street, South Boston, June 2015.

Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team confronts one of the city’s most vexing issues.
Partner

Renewing Inequality

An interactive set of maps documenting the more than 300,000 families displaced by urban renewal projects between 1955 and 1966.
A stained glass window given by the people of Wales to the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham following the 1963 bombing there.

The Bombs, the Church, the City, the State

What was Alabama back then? And what is Alabama right now?
Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson make up the massive Confederate monument sculpted in granite rock on Stone Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Painful History of a Confederate Monument Tells Itself

Haunting archival footage of Stone Mountain's creation.
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands in the center of the renamed Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia (2017).

The Fight Over Virginia’s Confederate Monuments

How the state’s past spurred a racial reckoning.
Christmas decorations illuminate a house as the Thomas Fire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities on December 10, 2017 in Carpinteria, California.

Southern California’s Uncanny, Inevitable Yuletide Fires

Who or what is causing these outbreaks? There are two schools of thought.
HOLC security map of Philadelphia showing redlining of minority neighborhoods, 1937.

How Redlining Segregated Philadelphia

Decades after civil rights laws overruled policies that starved non-white neighborhoods of investment, deep disparities linger.
Democratic Share of Vote in Regions, States, and Counties.

America's 'Big Sort' Is Only Getting Bigger

Political polarization in the U.S. mirrors its spatial divide.