New Course Opportunity: HIS 325/525 Black America Since 1945

Prof. Karen Sotiropoulos

Spring 2023, Tues/Thurs 2-3:15 PM

A new course opportunity has come up for all history majors. HIS 325/525 is a course that places the contemporary politics of Black America in the context of 20th century Civil Rights struggles. It will help you think historically about modern events and movements, like the 2020 attempted uprising and the Black Lives Matter movement.

This class will address themes such as:

-Black Power and #BLM: Moments or movements?

-Re-imagining the Icons: Rosa, Malcom, Martin, and Huey

-Black Women, Feminism, and Intersectionality

-Red Scare/Black Scare: McCarthyism and COINTELPRO

-Revolutions in Black America and Africa

-Afro-Asian Solidarities and the war in Vietnam

-Policing, Protest, and Rebellions

By the end of this class, you should have a lens to understanding America’s post-World War II black movements on the local, national, and global scale. You might also learn some interesting information about various aspects of the Civil Rights movement, and its major figures. For example, did you know that Martin Luther King Junior gave more than that one speech that one time? In fact, he gave over 2,500 speeches in his lifetime, and had quite a bit to say about unions, voting, the pros and cons of nonviolence versus violence, and the working class.

Counts as a WAC and African American Experience course for History and Social Studies Majors.

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