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Seeking Justice: The Civil Rights Movement and the Federal Government

During the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, activists knew that securing the sympathy and support of the federal government was essential. Drawing on materials in Mudd Manuscript Library, Professor of History Kevin M. Kruse will compare and contrast the 1961 Freedom Rides and the 1965 Selma protests to show how the federal response shaped the course of civil rights campaigns, for better and for worse.

A reception and open house will follow at Mudd Manuscript Library beginning at 6pm, where the exhibition “Nobody Turn Us Around: The Freedom Rides and Selma to Montgomery Marches–Selections from the John Doar Papers” is currently on display. Curators Will Clements and Phoebe Nobles will be available for questions. During the reception, a special pop-up exhibit will be on view in the Mudd Library reading room, featuring archival materials chosen by Kevin Kruse to complement his talk.

Talk: 4:30pm-5:45pm
Reception and exhibition open house: 6:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday, October 12, 2023
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Friend Center - The Convocation Room (Friend 113)
Mudd Manuscript Library
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Kevin M. Kruse is a Professor of History at Princeton University. He specializes in the political, social, and urban/suburban history of twentieth-century America, with a particular interest in conflicts over race, rights and religion and the making of modern conservatism. Professor Kruse is currently writing his new book, “The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement” (contracted to Basic Books).