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Instructor Info:Amy Jordan
Office Extension x5644
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
Description: How do we interpret the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements of the post WWII era? What role do journalist, activists, and scholars play in shaping how we remember the past? How do African-American communities give meaning to the "movement." Do we understand the "movement" in terms of understanding the leaders, determining the nature of the political climate, or by examining community traditions? When do we begin our exploration---in the 1950s, 1960s or perhaps sooner? Does the emergence of newly independent nations in Africa and Asia shape activist conceptions of civil rights, human rights, violence, nonviolence, citizenship or nation building? The questions we ask about the past, tell us something about what we hope to gain from our inquiries. As a class we will critically examine the questions that scholars and activists have raised about the "movement" but will also develop questions of our own? Students will explore interviews and movement newspapers available in local archival collections.