course examines the U.S. civil rights movement from the vantage point of women,
considering both women’s involvement in the legal campaigns and political
protests and the impact of civil rights struggles on women’s status and
identity. Taking a “long civil rights
movement” perspective, we begin in the late nineteenth century and consider
events, organizations, and personalities through the twentieth century.
we will consider issues which have preoccupied historians, social movement
theorists, and historians alike:
developing and sustaining political commitment, assessing the strengths
and weaknesses of various forms of political organization, maximizing influence
and securing long-range objectives. We
will also examine competing definitions of leadership; class, race, and gender
dynamics within the movement; and the cultural dynamics of political organizing
and social change.
In the process, we
consider not only how the movement altered the status of African Americans in
the U.S. but the legacy of these struggles as they changed understandings of
citizenship and rights more broadly. Our concern throughout the course will be to
not only understand the historical narrative but also to see how historians
work to make sense of the past.
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Maureen Fastenau completed this course.
Excellent, informative, well-researched, revelatory, eye-opening. Covers from 18th century to present. Once again, shows women's contributions--usually overlooked in most histories. Women played key and pivotal roles! Please run this course again!
Bob completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Wonderfully presented class. Instructor knows her material, not easy to swallow all the truths out there, but definitely worth the effort. We all should know more about this. Is a very good course, I am glad I took it. Thank you Prof Brown!
Francine Luter completed this course.
I took this class and it was informational, inspiring and humbling. If presented with the opportunity to take it again I will.