Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History

History 139C

Fall 2005
159 Mulford
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-12:30

Beginning with the onset of World War II, the United States witnessed the emergence of a variety of contemporaneous civil rights and their related social movements (as opposed to a single, unitary Civil Rights Movement, as is typically portrayed in standard textbook accounts). These movements, moreover, did not follow a tidy chronological-geographic trajectory from South to North to West, nor were their participants merely black and white. Instead, from their inception, America's civil rights and social movements unfolded both beyond the South and beyond black and white. ";Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History"; will offer students a top-down (political and legal history), bottom-up (social and cultural history), and comparative (by race and ethnicity as well as region) view of America's struggles for racial equality from roughly World War II until the present. In doing so, the course will endeavor to equip students with a greater appreciation for the complexity of America's civil rights and social movements history than a black / white or nonwhite / white framework provides.


This course is also listed as American Studies 101.001