Author Hampton Sides (Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder) talked with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in March, 2010 about his newest book, Hellhound on His Trail, an intense narrative recounting the 1968 murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international manhunt for his killer, James Earl Ray.
Roads to Memphis was produced in parallel with Hellhound on His Trail.
The Alabama governor and presidential candidate promised segregation forever.
The acquittal of the murderers of Chicago teen Emmett Till mobilized the civil rights movement.
The little-known story of a black independent film industry that produced nearly 500 feature films for African American audiences.
During the 1960s the Ku Klux Klan would rise again in the most progressive southern state.
The Freedom Summer of 1964 saw whites and blacks coming together in a nonviolent army to bring national attention to the struggle for racial equality.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
This acclaimed 14-hour series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985, tracing African Americans' struggle for equality and justice.
America came apart in 1964 and has since been reborn.