James Jeffrey

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James Jeffrey is a British journalist who divides his time between America, East Africa, and the UK. His writing appears in various international media.

“For that kind of money,” Vonnegut cracked on the CBS Evening News, “the least [NASA] can do is discover God.” Civil rights activists, anti-Vietnam War protesters and even top scientists were skeptical of the Apollo moon mission at the time. Read more

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Born in deeply segregated Mississippi in the 1940s, photographer Doy Gorton grew up surrounded by what he describes as “legalized white supremacy.” Read more

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Meg Ryan. Courtesy Electric Forest.

Partying at one of America’s biggest dance music festivals, I was looking for a younger generation determined to stand up to the Man. Read more


Democratic Convention

UT Austin Briscoe Center for American History.

After the establishment came down on the counterculture at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party was never the same. Read more



Dennis Brack/UT Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History

Among fiftieth anniversaries from the seismic year of 1968, a lesser-known episode has powerful lessons for today. Read more



Ron Bennett/UT Austin Briscoe Center for American History

“His hour of political triumph became another hour of mindless tragedy in a nation that cannot or will not keep weapons of death from the hands of madmen who walk its streets.” — Jules Witcover Read more




Undocumented immigrants are being hunted down and kicked out of the country—but Washington remains more than happy to take their taxes. Read more



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The string of bombings in Austin have rattled the city’s belief in itself as a progressive haven. Read more


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The Catholic Church in Texas recently called out one of the state’s best known pro-life organizations for its strategies. How much should the church get embroiled in state politics? Read more



Steven Shames Photographic Archive/Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A new exhibit illustrates the lesser-known side of an organization whose image is often only portrayed as militant. Read more


Eleven images from a new exhibit capture the role photojournalists played in giving Americans a window into the Civil Rights movement, and what it was up against. Read more


100 years after one of the least-known and saddest chapters in American history, families of executed black soldiers have petitioned Trump for justice. Read more

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