Nicholas Lemann is the dean of Columbia Universityâ€™s Graduate School of Journalism and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has also worked for the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the Texas Monthly. Lemann has written several books, including his bestseller, The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America (David Mckay, 1991), and The Big Test(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999) for which he received the 1999 Washington Monthly political book award. His most recent book was Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). He was the editor of the Washington Monthly from 1977 to 1979.
This column marks the dawn of the post-Charles Peters era of “Tilting at Windmills”; at eighty-seven, Charlie has decided to stop writing the column himself, and from now on a rotating cast of alumni of the magazine will be writing it. It’s appropriate that I am beginning the rotation, because I’m the one who, many… Read more »
The tumultuous decade that followed the Civil War failed to enshrine black voting and civil rights, and instead paved the way for more than a century of entrenched racial injustice.