Samuel G. Freedman a professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of a number of books, including his latest, Breaking the Line; Small Victories, a finalist for the 1990 National Book Award; and The Inheritance, a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize.


On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, what should you be reading? Columbia professor Samuel G. Freedman offers his list of classic books on the civil-rights movement. Plus, read an excerpt from his new book, Breaking the Line.

Eddie Robinson

Who’s the greatest college football coach ever? Some say it was Eddie Robinson, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. Samuel Freedman, author of the new book Breaking the Line, on how Robinson overcame racism to build Grambling State into a powerhouse.