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Mark Santow
Professor & Chair of History, UMass-Dartmouth. Author of "Saul Alinsky & the Dilemma of Race in the Postwar City" (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2014), as well as a forthcoming book on homeownership. He blogs at

Entries by Mark Santow

To Nelson Mandela, My Favorite College Professor

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 6:09 PM

A political prisoner changed my life.

That man, now free -- always free, really -- wore number 466 at Robben Island prison in South Africa. Today, he died. I know Nelson Mandela won't have the opportunity to read this. But I do need to write it.

He was, in...

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JFK, the Assassination, and the Avoidable Tragedy of Vietnam

(18) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 7:18 PM

A half-century has elapsed since that cold Dallas afternoon when President John F. Kennedy was murdered. Even now, these events continue to capture our imagination. Why? Surely some of it stems from the energy and charisma of the young president himself. Few things shock us more than seeing someone cut...

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