Jesse Jackson Created the Modern Democratic Party

His vision of culturally diverse liberalism paved the way for Obama, and beyond.

Jesse Jackson, party modernizer.

Photographer: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

One of the more arresting moments in the presidential campaign came last week, when Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange with activists from Black Lives Matter. "Look, I don't believe you change hearts," Clinton said, when pressed about her support for their goals. "I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate."

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