Martin Luther King Assassination April 4, 1968

On this day, April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennesse. This must surely be seen as one of the last acts of the Civil War, and the white Southern resistance to Reconstruction, and equal rights for black Americans. Some still have not come to accept the results of that war: David Blight, in a wonderful, and insightful talk at the Gelder Lehrman Institute of American History


About marcferguson

I teach history, including the American Civil War Era, as an Adjunct at American International College in Springfield, Ma. I also teach survey courses in U.S. history, Western Civilization, and World History, and have taught at other area colleges, including the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and Holyoke Community College. While my academic background is in European History, my interest in the American Civil War began about a decade ago. Other areas of interest include Modernism, 20th century World Thought and Culture, The Rise of the West after 1400, 19th c. American Society and Culture, Central and Eastern European History and Culture, and Local History. I have in recent years cut back my teaching drastically in order to devote more time raising my kids (15 year old twins now), including working part-time at their elementary/middle school for the past 6 years, they are now launched and off to High School, and I plan to crank up my involvement in teaching history and local history projects, particularly in light of the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.
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2 Responses to Martin Luther King Assassination April 4, 1968

  1. Chuck says:

    I confess to seeing less and less public displays of Confederate symbols in South Carolina. I think that as a general rule, however, knowledge of the relationship between slavery, white supremacy, and secession is not widespread. Of course, as Blight has shown, that is not confined to the South.

    • marcferguson says:

      I hope you are right about the diminishing of Confederate displays in the South. I think that would go a long way toward easing racial tensions in the country. Unfortunately, I see far too many pick up trucks, and other vehicles, displaying confederate flags, and bumper stickers, here in Massachusetts, and run into too many people who are certain that slavery had nothing, or little, to do with the Civil War.

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