HIST-295 Civil Rights, 1860-1960
Spring for 2007-2008
The African American struggle for equality stands as a unique and epoch-making saga in the quest for equal rights and human dignity. It serves as a guidepost to any and all peoples who have suffered from racial and ethnic discrimination in the USA. This struggle had and still has domestic, national and international dimensions. In this course we will investigate the origins and flowering of the “Civil Rights Movement” in America and study the developments and outcomes of the struggle to secure equal rights for African Americans. We will make the necessary links between the African American experience and the broader human rights issues. The course will use primary sources (many are now in book form) to chronicle both legal barriers and legal milestones related to the issues. We will examine violent acts against African Americans and both violent and nonviolent forms of resistance to discrimination. We will follow the everyday actions of the American people to secure equality for the descendants of former slaves. Special emphasis will be paid to the united efforts of African Americans, whites, and peoples of other ethnic backgrounds who have played prominent roles in the African American journey, from slavery to freedom and beyond.
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