HIST 381
From Civil Rights to Black Power Spring 2013
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 381 / AFR 381
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion; second weekly meeting will split into two discussion sections
Limit: none
Expected: 30
Class#: 3539
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
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
Extra Info: course materials incorporate primary, secondary, and documentary sources, including a weekly film
Prerequisites: none; some background (e.g. previous coursework) in 20th century U.S. history, American studies, American politics, or Africana studies is recommended
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 381 Division II AFR 381 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
LEAD Facets or Domains of Leadership

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