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History 488(G): U.S. Civil Rights Movement

Apr 17, 2010

Dr. Barclay Key, Assistant Professor of History, will offer History 488(G): Topics in U.S. History, with a focus on the American Civil Rights Movement, in Fall 2010. The class (STAR #45071), open to both undergraduate and graduate students, will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

When did the Civil Rights Movement begin and end? Who participated in it and who opposed it? How did local, state, and federal governments respond to the Civil Rights Movement? What were the most effective strategies of civil rights activists? How was the Civil Rights Movement in the North or West different from the one in the South? Why and how is the Civil Rights Movement remembered and celebrated today?

These are just a few of the questions that students will answer through extensive reading, writing, and discussion in History 488. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to use primary sources to research an aspect of the Civil Rights Movement that most interests them.

The reading list, which has not been finalized yet, will likely include Tom Sugrue's new book, Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North and Renee Romano and Leigh Raiford's edited collection of essays, The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory.

Dr. Key, the Department's specialist in African-American history, spent the Fall 2009 semester in Poland as a Fulbright Lecturer. The United States chooses only the most outstanding teacher-scholars to travel oveseas as Fulbright Scholars and Lecturers.

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