History 374 Special Topics: American Civil Rights Movement

Description of the Course: This course will explore the African-American struggle to achieve social, political, and economic equality in the United States in the twentieth century. We will analyze both the important events of the movement and the strategies employed during the struggle. We will weigh the contributions of prominent national leaders and local activists, both black and white. The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision is the most common marker of the beginning of the modern civil rights movement. This course will place that decision in a broader context, beginning with early efforts both to resist and accommodate Jim Crow. Finally, we will explore the idea that the movement's impact reached beyond African Americans. Indeed, women's rights activists, gays and lesbians, and other racial and ethnic minority groups shared tactics, goals, and ideology with the black civil rights movement. With that in mind, we will continue into the late twentieth century and explore the social, cultural, and political implications of the movement's success and failure.

Class Meeting Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:30 PM-2:20 PM

This course is taught by: Professor Andrew Moore

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