Fall 2016

The Long Civil Rights Movement

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-431  |  History, as HIST-455


Alec F. Hickmott (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 455 [US] and BLST 431 [US].) This course will explore the temporal, ideological and cultural dimensions of the American Civil Rights Movement. Following 1954’s Brown vs Board of Education decision, a diverse social movement of students, preachers, working people, activists and intellectuals challenged—and eventually dismantled—Jim Crow segregation in the American South. How did this happen? To answer this question, we will examine the origins of the movement, its institutional dimensions, its key figures, and its intellectual underpinnings. In addition, this class will trace the afterlife of the movement, assessing its national and global reverberations, as well as its relationship to the Black Power movement. As a research seminar, this course will culminate in the production of a 25-page research paper based on an analysis of primary sources related to the movement. Two class meetings per week.

Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Visiting Lecturer Hickmott.

If Overenrolled: Preference to BLST and HIST majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Fall 2020, Spring 2022