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Understanding Ferguson: A guide to the best essays and journalism
Understanding Ferguson: A guide to the best essays and journalism

There is no single explanation for why Ferguson, Mo., erupted this summer. Other communities have wrestled with the aftermath of controversial police shootings. Other cities have struggled with the lingering forces of segregation and racial disadvantage. Other vigils have been held, sermons delivered. But the Aug. 9 death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer prompted something akin to a civic revolt in Ferguson, a predominately black St. Louis suburb. Since then, the city's low profile has been superseded by months of well-documented social protest and anomie. A decision on whether a grand jury will indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot...

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