Christopher Phelps is senior lecturer in American Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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Just How New Was the New Left?

Now so familiar as to risk seeming clichéd, “We Shall Overcome” was the paramount song of the civil rights movement. “Deep in my heart, I do believe that we shall overcome some day”: the song spoke to a generation’s idealism, … {…}

By Christopher Phelps
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Dream Sequences: Marching on Washington, Fifty Years On

August 16, 2013 · Blog

Fifty years after the March on Washington, we confront a system that idealizes diversity even as it continues to produce injustice in the aggregate. To rescue the dream, we need a politics that combines race and class, just as reality does. {…}

By Christopher Phelps
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Poverty: The Plus Side

December 7, 2012 · Blog

“Poverty Should Have Risen”—so runs the cheery headline of a New York Times blog post this week by Casey B. Mulligan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago. “Poverty did not rise between 2007 and 2011,” Mulligan writes, “and … {…}

By Christopher Phelps