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Book Picks of the Week

There was a scary report out this week from the Southern Poverty Law Center about students’ familiarity with the basic events of the civil-rights movement. Such stories are sadly not surprising: it is well-established that young Americans are disturbingly unprepared to answer even the most basic questions about the past. (Only 2 percent in a national survey could say that Brown v. Board of Education was about school segregation.)

This is particularly dispiriting given the wondrous story of the war against Jim Crow in this country in the 20th century. It is also unnecessary. Here are a few terrific books that come to mind about the movement—books worth anybody’s time. –JM