“I can’t breathe” actions in street crossings, sports fields and other civic spaces have blown new life into civil rights public history. Demonstrators seek their antecedents, and scholars are eager to remedy America’s amnesia of past struggles against police violence. But bygone reformers and rebels won little.Read more →
posts and bio Roberta Gold
Roberta Gold teaches history in New York and is the author of When Tenants Claimed the City: The Struggle for Citizenship in New York City Housing (University of Illinois Press, 2014). She also worked for years as a paramedic in the city's 911 system.