HST 480 -
The Protests of the 50s, 60s, and 70s
HST 480
The Protests of the 50s, 60s, and 70s

Wednesdays 3:00-5:50
315C Wells Hall
PROFESSOR: Mark Kornbluh


Assignments

DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 15

CIVIL RIGHTS I

READ: William Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights, preface-171. DOCUMENTS: Martin Luther King, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963);The Civil Rights Act of 1964;

In Class we will see Eyes on the Prize I, Number III. Ain't Scared of Your Jails.

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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT:

After reading the first six chapters of Chafe's book, list three issues that you would like to discuss in class and, in a couple of sentences, suggest your own approach to these questions.

This assignment, like all others, should be posted to the course discussion list: hst480@h-net.msu.edu before class meets on Wednesday.

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DISCUSSION: This week's discussion will focus on the early years of the civil rights movement. I will provide some background on the development of the national movement, we will watch a powerful episode of "Eyes on the Prize" that covers the sit-ins and Freedom Rides and we will discuss Chafe's book on Greensboro North Carolina.


DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 22

CIVIL RIGHTS II

READ: William Chafe, Civilities and Civil Rights, 172-end.

In Class we will see Eyes on the Prize I, Number V. Mississippi: Is this America?

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WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT:

This week's assignment is to write a short one-two page essay on one of the following three topics: 1. What was Greensboro's experience with Black Power? Why did Black Power arise? What was its ultimate impact on the movement and on civil rights in Greensboro?

2. Why did Chafe entitle his book, Civilities and Civil Rights? What is his argument about the relationship between civilities and civil rights? Do you agree?

3. Chafe's book is a case study of the civil rights movement in one community. What does this book tell us about the larger national picture?

This assignment, like all others, should be posted to the course discussion list: hst480@h-net.msu.edu before class meets on Wednesday.

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DISCUSSION: This week's discussion will focus on the civil rights movement in the later sixties. We will discuss the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party and the turn towards Black Power. We will watch an episode of "Eyes on the Prize" and conclude our discussion of Chafe's book.