Publication date: February 1, 2012

About the Author


George Derek Musgrove

G. Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (University of Georgia Press, 2012) which examines black elected officials' allegations of state and news media "harassment" over the course of the post civil rights period. Dr. Musgrove has received the 2003-2004 Anne E. Plato predoctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the 2007-2008 postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University to support his work. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University in 2005.


"Just as the Civil Rights Act of 1965 allowed for the desegregation of American politics and the election of a black President in 2008, so too did it lead to the rise of a racially conservative Republican Party and the repression and later disproportionate investigation of black elected officials. One can not comprehend post-civil rights era American politics without understanding this contradiction."

—George Derek Musgrove