Topic: Women in Civil Rights Movement
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Woodruff Library 874
Content: This course will explore the role of women in the modern Civil Rights Movement/ Black Freedom Struggle, with particular attention to SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). Founded and led by young people, SNCC workers were central in pushing the movement forward, playing a lead role in nonviolent direct action (the sit-ins and freedom rides), as well as voter registration and community organizing. In addition, guided by long-time activist Ella Baker, the young women and men in SNCC implicitly and explicitly challenged many of society¿s boundaries, including those related to gender. This class will include analysis of the debates by scholars and participants (was SNCC sexist or empowering? How do we define leadership?), research in primary sources (including archival materials and oral histories), comparison (how did the roles of women vary by organization, location, and timeframe?), and case studies (including the Atlanta SNCC office and the Albany, Ga. Movement) to explore the ways women participated in, led, and shaped the movement. We will also examine the barriers women faced, how they responded to them, the impact of movement activism on women (and men), and how the Civil Rights Movement (especially the work of SNCC) inspired subsequent social justice movements, including the women¿s liberation movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. This course will be centered on the experiences of African-American women, while giving careful attention to multiple aspects of identity¿including race, age, class, education, and background.
Required Text: Faith Holsaert, et al., Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC (University of Illinois press, 2010) 0252035577
Harry Lefever, Undaunted by the Fight: Spelman College and the Civil Rights Movement (Mercer University press, 2005) 0865549761
Lynn Olson, Freedom¿s Daughters (Scribner, 2002) 0684850125
Chana Lee, For Freedom¿s Sake (University of Illinois press, 2000) 0252069366
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