Civil Rights and Social Movements in U.S. History

History C139C

Spring 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 2-330P
  • This course satisfies the American Cultures Requirement.
  • Beginning with the onset of World War II, America experienced not a sigular,unitary Civil Rights Movement -- as is typically portrayed in standard textbood accounts and the collective memory -- but rather a variety of contemporaneous civil rights and their related social movements. This course explores the history, presenting 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. Also listed as American Studies 139AC.

    Course Books

    Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement by Marc Stein Routledge. ISBN: 0415874106 Required
    The World Split Open by Ruth Rosen Penguin Books. ISBN: 0140097198 Required
    At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire Vintage Books (div. of Random House). ISBN: 0307389243 Required
    The Civil Rights Movement (rev. ed.) by Bruce J. Dierenfield Routledge. ISBN: 140587435X Required
    ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’: A Sixties Reader by Alexander Bloom & Wini Breines, eds. Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0195368355 Required
    The Movement and the Sixties by Terry H. Anderson Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0195104579 Required