american studies

AMST 2500: Women and the Civil Rights Movement [3]

Cecilia Marquez, Instructor

This course analyzes the history of women in the Civil Rights Movement spanning the 1930s to the 1970s.  It will engage this history through various forms of cultural production and historical texts in order to ensure students are able to both articulate the historical narrative and analyze diverse sources.  This African-American studies course utilizes historical, musical, photographic and artisitic material to understand the multifaceted (and often elided) role that women played in the Civil Rights Movement.  Topics addressed in this course include the politics of respectability, African-American feminist thought, challenges of memory in the use of oral histories, and how cultural production transformed the experience and memory of the Civil Rights Movement.