HIST 381
From Civil Rights to Black Power Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 381 / HIST 381
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The Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education (1954) ended an era of black activism that used the courts to overturn exclusionary practices of American education, opening a new civil rights era that introduced new strategies and tactics of protest. This course introduces students to the themes and issues of the black freedom movement as it transpired after 1954 and continued into the 1980s in the United States. Focusing on African Americans’ demands for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and placing their perspectives at the center, the course will follow a chronological format that covers the architecture of racial segregation and the culture of Jim Crow and examines the persistence of activism and resistance. Finally, the course will follow the many iterations of the freedom movement, including direct action, black power, and coalition building.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 20
Class#: 1096
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, two short papers, and a take home final
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Unit Notes: meets Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 381 Division II HIST 381 Division II
Attributes: AFR Interdepartmental Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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