Ron Briley: The vast majority of Southern whites did not own slaves, and many questioned the wisdom of going to war on behalf of slavery and the planter class; although racial prejudice made many of these non-slave owning whites apprehensive about the status of free blacks if slavery were to be abolished.
Ron Briley: Michael Moore’s latest film Where to Invade Next suggests that the European democratic socialism advocated by Bernie Sanders may be the answer to many of the ills plaguing the American economy.
Ron Briley: Trumbo is not a traditional Hollywood biographical feature as it concentrates almost exclusively upon Dalton Trumbo’s reaction to the investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) into communist subversion within Hollywood and the film industry’s ensuing blacklist.
Ron Briley: The clouds of marijuana smoke associated with the era should not be allowed to obscure the contributions of a generation that sought to combat racism, war, pollution, sexism, poverty, and materialism.
Ron Briley: Stokely Carmichael was an icon of the black freedom struggle during the late 1960s and early 1970s. His call for black power frightened many whites, while providing black Americans with a sense of pride and empowerment.