Social Protest in America

HISTORY 103D.006

Fall 2015
202 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
Th 2-4
Social protest has been central to American political reform efforts from the late nineteenth century to the present.  Throughout this period a variety of protest movements pushed for social change.   This course will examine a number of these social movements, with a focus on the 1880s through the 1930s.  We will read about populists, prohibitionists, suffragettes, socialists, union activists, and
others.  We will examine both their triumphs and failures, and consider their success in achieving the reforms they sought.

Course Books

Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence & Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley by Gaventa, John University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252009853 Required
Organizing the Breathless: Cotton Dust, Southern Politics, and the Brown Lung Association by Botsch, Robert University Press of Kentucky. ISBN: 978-0813151366 Required
Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Dittmer, John University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252065071 Required
Spirit of Rebellion: Labor and Religion in the New Cotton South by Roll Jarod University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252077036 Required
Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927 by Rolinson, Mary G. University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807857953 Required
Labor in Crisis: The Steel Strike of 1919 by Brody, David University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252013737 Required
Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign by Adams, Katherine and Michael L. Keene University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252074714 Required
Working Class Radicals: The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920 by Barkey, Frederick A. West Virginia University Press. ISBN: 978-1935978459 Required
Carry A. Nation: Retelling the Life by Grace, Fran Indiana University Press . ISBN: 978-0253338464 Required
Coxey's Army: Popular Protest in the Gilded Age by Alexander, Benjamin F. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 978-1421416212 Required
The Roots of Southern Populism: Yeoman Farmers and the Transformation of the Georgia Upcountry, 1850-1890 by Hahn, Steven Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195306705 Required