Category Archives: People

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Murder of Emmett Till: 65 Years Ago

Dr. Deaton looks at one of the most notorious racially-motivated murders of the 20th century, the intense reaction to it, and its impact on launching the modern Civil Rights movement.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The 19th Amendment: Women’s Suffrage at 100

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which extended to women the right to vote. In this Dispatch, Dr. Deaton examines the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the long, difficult struggle to win the vote–and how the fight continued for some Americans long after 1920.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: A Day in the Life

Dr. Deaton examines the power of one day to alter the current of our lives, through the lens of a tragic event that took place 54 years ago this week on an otherwise ordinary day in Decatur, Georgia–and the lasting impact it had on many lives over all the years since.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Murder of Lemuel Penn

For years in Southern courtrooms, whites accused of violence against blacks were almost always acquitted. It happened again 56 years ago this month in Georgia, but this time with a different ending. Dr. Deaton takes a look back at a pivotal event in the Civil Rights movement–and how the federal government responded under the newly-created Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Dispatches From Off the Deaton Path: The Twilight Zone

This week Dr. Deaton looks back at one of the most iconic TV shows in history, on the anniversary of the death of creator Rod Serling.