HIST 381 Spring 2013 From Civil Rights to Black Power (D)

Cross Listed as AFR381
Focusing on African Americans' demands for the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and placing their perspectives at the center, this course explores the themes of the black freedom movement as it transpired in the second half of the twentieth century in the United States. The course follows a chronological format that is grounded in post-World War II internationalism and domestic Jim Crow, covers the civil rights and the black power movements of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and then moves toward current issues in black politics. The topics examined include the strategies and organizing principles of legal challenges, direct action protest, black power activism, coalition building, and public intellectual engagement. The class also assesses the intersection between ideology/activism, culture/politics, and local/regional/national perspectives. Finally, the course uses the black freedom movement as a window onto other political initiatives of the era.
Class Format: lecture/discussion; second weekly meeting will split into two discussion sections
Requirements/Evaluation: Willingness to manage an intensive reading schedule and for their intellectual engagement in class discussions; evaluation will be based on class participation, two short papers, and a take home final
Additional Info: course materials incorporate primary, secondary, and documentary sources, including a weekly film
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Prerequisites: none; some background (e.g. previous coursework) in 20th century U.S. history, American studies, American politics, or Africana studies is recommended
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 3539
HIST381-01(S) LEC Civil Rights to Black Power (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Leslie Brown
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Hollander 140 3539
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