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Fall 2013-2014
* AAS 477 / HIS 477 (HA)  

The Civil Rights Movement

Joshua B. Guild

This interdisciplinary course examines the evolution of African American social and political mobilization from World War II through the 1970s. Through an analysis of historical scholarship, oral history, sermons, works of literature, film and music, it explores the various ways that African Americans articulated their political demands and affirmed their citizenship using the church, grassroots organizations, workers' rights, feminism, education, war, the federal bureaucracy, and the law as tools for political action. The course also considers the ways these movements have been remembered, memorialized, and appropriated in more recent times.

Sample reading list:
Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
Charles Payne, I've Got the Light of Freedom
Martin Luther King, Why We Can't Wait
Julie Stevens, dir., Home of the Brave
Danielle McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street
Jeanne Theoharis, et al, eds, Want to Start a Revolution?: Radical Women
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
An average of 150-200 pages of reading per week. One short paper (5-7 pages); one class presentation; weekly responses to Blackboard prompts; final paper

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20457 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Friend Center   307   Enrolled:13 Limit:15