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Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The gathering storm

Experts see change on horizon amid pandemic, reckoning around race, and upcoming election



Since visiting Hiroshima a decade ago, historian Vincent J. Intondi has been exploring a corollary American question: What had blacks thought of using the bomb in 1945? His findings are in his dramatic and readable new book “African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement.”

Unsettled by the bomb

African-Americans, no strangers to heavy-handed authority, were far less supportive of nuclear weapons, author says