The Altantic.com has released a stunning photo-essay illustrating what America, and the world, looked like 50 years ago. It’s easy to forget just what a momentous year 1963 was: Spaceflight, Beatlemania, and the assassination of President Kennedy. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of the most notable speeches in human history. “I Have a Dream” immediately became a symbol of the civil rights movement.
One of the 50 images Atlantic editors picked (#19) was an iconic photograph of a “17-year-old civil rights demonstrator” who defied an anti-parade ordinance in Birmingham, Alabama, and was attacked by police dogs for doing so.
Malcolm Gladwell addressed this very image in his talk at the 2012 New Yorker Festival. According to Gladwell, the Atlantic got the caption wrong: The young man wasn’t a civil rights demonstrator at all.
Also on FORA.tv, the controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone argued that the Kennedy assassination was clearly not the actions of just Lee Harvey Oswald (photograph #43 in the Atlantic lineup):
Listen again to Martin Luther King’s dream (the Atlantic’s #1 photograph):
The Atlantic’s #40 photograph shows an ecstatic Swedish fan hugging George Harrison of The Beatles. What the Altantic doesn’t show is The Beatles working in strip clubs in Hamburg, Germany.