Slums like this one in Rio de Janeiro embody the problems Paul Ehrlich warned of in ‘The Population Bomb.’
Fifty years ago biologist Paul Ehrlich published 'The Population Bomb,' an apocalyptic warning that overcrowding would lead to wars and famine. Here's what the book got right and wrong.
Pope Paul VI banned contraception for Catholics in the 1968 encyclical, “Humanae Vitae.”
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July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI's encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
People dressed as sperm cells at Papal Nuncio building in The Hague for the sixth birthday of the encyclical, ‘Humanae Vitae.’
On the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, an encyclical released by Pope Paul VI calling for prohibition on contraceptive use, a scholar describes the struggles of Catholic women, as well as their activism.
The flag of the Native American Alcatraz protest in 1969, designed by Lulie Nall, a Penobscot Indian.
The struggle for sovereignty over their own lands has been a long hard fight for America's Indigenous peoples.
After the happy psychedelia of the Summer of Love, the Velvet's second album seemed to usher in a new, darker era in rock music
“Baby Christian” Donald Trump addresses the faithful.
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Evangelicals overwhelmingly support Donald Trump. Decades ago their allegiance to Nixon was just as strong.
Fred Rogers at a taping of his famous show on June 28, 1989.
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As the documentary about 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' hits theaters, it's worth noting that Rogers' emphasis on kindness and love is proving to be very important to good health.
Robert F. Kennedy accepts the Democratic nomination as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 1964.
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Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated 50 years ago, began his career as a conservative anti-communist. At the end of his life, he was transformed into a liberal who championed civil and workers' rights.
Where do baby boomers live?
Over the last 50 years, Americans have steadily gotten older, more bicoastal and less likely to move to a new city.
The Atelier Populaire produced many of the iconic images of the student and worker movement that gripped France 50 years ago.
The 50th anniversary of major student unrest was perhaps not the ideal moment to propose controversial higher education reforms.
William Sloane Coffin Jr., followed by his sister, arrives at federal building in Boston on May 20, 1968.
The anti-Vietnam War efforts of Yale University chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr. and other church leaders alienated many Protestant Americans – with lasting repercussions.
Fair housing protest in Seattle, Washington, 1964.
Where people live in the US is still often influenced by racial discrimination. Is the federal government doing enough to carry out the vision of the civil rights era legislation?
Emmanuel Macron is driving through his neoliberal agenda by relying on French police forces renowned for their violence against ethnic minority citizens, protestors and migrants.
Where Davis meets King.
When activists have sought to rename main thoroughfares that don’t serve just primarily black neighborhoods, they have faced many challenges.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. displays the poster to be used during his Poor People’s Campaign in 1968.
AP Photo/Horace Cort
King argued for a national guaranteed income that would keep people out of poverty. Fifty years later, the Poor People's Campaign still resonates.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
A scholar argues how MLK's ideas and thoughts remain underappreciated in wider public consciousness.
Dead from the My Lai massacre.
Peers Inquiry, v.3/Ron Haeberle
If Americans remember My Lai, they likely know that something awful happened there. On this 50th anniversary, it is worth recalling the grotesque details, in the hope of preventing a future My Lai.
Starting out as a set of demonstrations against university reform, the French uprisings of May 1968 quickly gathered momentum.
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The protesters who took to the streets of Paris didn't know what they wanted: they just knew what they were against. But they did make us think that maybe there is another, better world.
How much has really improved for black people in the U.S. since 1968?
Fifty years after MLK's death, a minority politics scholar assesses black progress in the US based on poverty, jobs and wealth. "In some ways," she concludes, "we've barely budged as a people."