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AMETH 560 - Topics in Black American Social Movements


In this course we will look at a range of social movements that have shaped, especially, African American communities—with an eye to the ways in which all of America has been impacted. Using an historical timeline, and focusing mostly on the 20th century, we will explore significant Black leaders and movements. In this course, though, those “significant Black leaders and movements” will include both the familiar (W.E.B. Du Bois, MLK) and those who are often left out of the discussion (Ida B. Wells, the Black Arts Movement) in order to gain a fuller picture of the men, women, and communities that have so profoundly shaped American society today. Students will complete a research project, utilizing primary source documents, as part of the requirements of this course.