AFR 234
History of the Civil Rights Movement Spring 2018 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as AFR234 / HIST282
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This course examines the American civil rights movement, arguably the most important social movement of the twentieth century, and its far reaching effects. We will set the movement’s classic phase from 1954-1965, within a broader history organizing for freedom from the 1930s through the demise of Black Power in the 1970s. We will trace a wide variety of activists in southern struggle, examining familiar figures like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., from new perspectives, together with the often unsung heroes of local movements. We will also highlight freedom struggles in the North and West, whose timing, issues, and politics often differed, including the presence of a diverse cast of racial minorities including Latinxs and Asians. Throughout our study, we will interrogate the perspectives of both the participants and the historians who have written their stories about the time, space, issues, and strategy that define our understanding of the struggle for freedom. Class will consist of lecture and discussion.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 25
Class#: 3989
Requirements/Evaluation: coursework to be evaluated includes informal writing and class participation, two papers, and a take-home final
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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