Read excerpts from a research paper by Dr. Paul Slovic, a University of Oregon professor who performs research in human psychology and decision-making.
New York Times columnist Nick Kristof describes his 2007 trip to Africa and work with essay contest winners Leana Wen (a medical student) and Will Okun (a teacher).
Medical student Leana Wen reflects on the meeting with General Laurent Nkunda, a guerrilla leader in the eastern Congo. This post was originally published on June 21, 2007 in the New York Times blog Two for the Road: In Africa with Nick Kristof.
High school teacher Will Okun describes the difficulties and violence many encounter living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This post was originally published in the New York Times blog Two for the Road: In Africa with Nick Kristof.
Reporter Jeffrey Gettleman details the battles between local militias and villagers in the Eastern Congo.
On Friday, September 10th, U.S. District Judge Ronald N. Davies ruled that the state could not continue to block integration. Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus responded to the court order by withdrawing the Arkansas National Guard.
The following Monday, about 100 Little Rock police officers placed wooden barricades around Central High as over a thousand angry white men and women from Arkansas and surrounding states gathered in front of the building. To avoid the mob, the African American students entered the school through a side door. After learning the students were in the building, the crowd went on a rampage.
The next day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, outraged by the violence, ordered the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock. On September 25th, American soldiers not only dispersed the mob but also escorted the "Little Rock Nine" to school.
In the weeks that followed, the 101st Airborne restored order in the streets. But neither the soldiers nor school officials had much effect on the small but determined group of white students who insulted, humiliated, and physically threatened the “Little Rock Nine” day after day.