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Segregation at a public school

Fall 2023: The History of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Ended Nov 23, 2023

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About this course: 

The objective of this course is to examine the modern Civil Rights Movement. As traditionally understood, this period began with the May 17, 1954, "Brown vs. Board of Education” Supreme Court decision and ended with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This course will expand this time frame and seek to place this movement in the context of global developments and the broad sweep of United States History. Assigned readings consist of historical and autobiographical texts. Lectures will contextualize the readings by placing the material and its significance within the overall history and culture of Americans.

Format: online; asynchronous

Dates Available: September 25 - November 22, 2023

Optional live session (via Zoom):
Discussion with Dr. Ula Taylor and Adriana Green
Friday, November 17, 10:00AM - 11:00AM Pacific Time

Required Materials: 

Additional details about accessing content in this course:
This course includes a series of media and reading materials. The media materials include lecture videos, which can be accessed directly on the course pages, and third-party videos, which are available on the video streaming service Kanopy. If you don't have a Kanopy account, you can set one up using a membership in your local public library or using your CalNet ID, if you have access to it.

The reading materials include book excerpts which can be purchased or rented at various online sites or in your local libraries. The course also includes external readings that are linked from the course pages. Some of these will prompt you for a subscription log-in, such as the New York Times or Washington Post articles. However, all external sites will allow you to access a certain number of articles for free.

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