Against the Grain

The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy

When the Moynihan Report was released in 1965, it sparked an explosive debate as well as a long-running controversy, one that persists to the present day. What did the document say about African American life, and why did William F. Buckley, Dr. King, and Michael Harrington all praise its message? In his book Beyond Civil Rights, Daniel Geary describes the report’s impact on the way people think and talk about race and inequality in the US.

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