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Spring 2015-2016
* AAS 477 / HIS 477 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Civil Rights Movement

Joshua B. Guild

This course critically examines the evolution of mid-20th century black freedom struggles, from World War II through the 1970s. Using historical scholarship, oral history, speeches, 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, education, geopolitics, the federal bureaucracy, popular culture, and the law as levers for social change. From Birmingham to "Black Lives Matter", the course also considers the ways these movements have been subsequently remembered, memorialized, and appropriated.

Sample reading list:
Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
Charles Payne, I've Got the Light of Freedom
Jeanne Theoharis, Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
Ava Duvernay, dir., Selma
Danielle McGuire, At the Dark End of the Street
Dan Berger, Captive Nation
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings average 200-250 pgs. per week. One short paper (5-7 pgs.); one class presentation; weekly blog posts; final paper/project.

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41385 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:10 Limit:15