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From the Archives: The Elaine Massacre

October 1, 2021 - This week marks the 102nd anniversary of the Elaine Massacre in Arkansas, when a union organizing attempt by Black sharecroppers was met with deadly violence by mobs of white people. From the archives of Southern Exposure, the print forerunner to Facing South, we're republishing an account of the tragedy drawn in part from oral histories of the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union that appeared in the same issue.

The University of Arkansas's hidden history of helping Nazis

April 30, 2021 - In the early 1930s, a German lawyer named Heinrich Krieger enrolled in the University of Arkansas as an exchange student to study American race law. When he returned to Nazi Germany, his studies directly contributed to shaping the antisemitic and white supremacist Nuremberg Laws enacted in 1935, to genocidal ends. The university is now confronting various racist chapters in its history, but Krieger's is not among them.