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Terry A. Scott
AFRAM 334
Seattle Campus

Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States

Examines the politics and culture of the modern African American freedom struggle, which began after WWII and continued into the 1970s. Interrogates political strategies associated with nonviolent direct action, armed self-reliance, and black nationalism, as well as the cultural expression that reflect these political currents. Recommended: AFRAM 150; AFRAM 270. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 334.

Class description

This course identifies and analyzes the transformative and explosive events of the 1960s. Areas of extensive examination include the origins and execution of the Civil Rights Movement; varied expressions of black power; the origins and applications of black nationalism; legal challenges and triumphs in the struggle for equality; the influence of race relations and domestic policies on the Cold War; the Black Arts Movement; the influence of black popular culture on identity; the intersectionality of race, gender and identity; the politicization of the black athlete; student activism; and the cross-cultural influence of social and political movements.

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General method of instruction

Lecture Guest Speakers Group Discussions Documentaries / Movies / Music

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Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Terry A. Scott
Date: 06/19/2013