Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom's Bittersweet Song

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The past fifteen years have seen renewed interest in the civil rights movement. Television documentaries, films and books have brought the struggles into our homes and classrooms once again. New evidence in older criminal cases demands that the judicial system reconsider the accuracy of investigations and legal decisions. Racial profiling, affirmative action, voting districting, and school voucher programs keep civil rights on the front burner in the political arena. In light of this, there are very few resources for teaching the civil rights at the university level. This timely and invaluable book fills this gap. This book offers perspectives on presenting the movement in different classroom contexts; strategies to make the movement come alive for students; and issues highlighting topics that students will find appealing. Including sample syllabi and detailed descriptions from courses that prove effective, this work will be useful for all instructors, both college and upper level high school, for courses in history, education, race, sociology, literature and political science.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932578
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julie Buckner Armstrong is Assistant Professor of English at Valdosta State in Georgia. Houston B. Roberston is Assistant Professor of U.S. History at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Rhonda Y. Williams is Assistant Professor of History at Case Western.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Courses
1 Teaching Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in High School History Courses: Rethinking Content and Pedagogy 3
2 Infusing the African-American Freedom Struggle into a History Survey Course 19
Sample Course Schedule: U.S. History Since 1877 27
3 Birth Too Long Delayed is Perspective Too Long Denied: The Importance of "Before and After" the Traditional American Civil Rights Movement 31
Sample Syllabus: The American Civil Rights Movement 45
4 Women and the Freedom Struggle in the Twentieth Century 47
Sample Syllabus: Women and the Freedom Struggle in the Twentieth Century 53
5 Wading in Troubled Water: "Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement" as Freshman Composition 55
Sample Syllabus: Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement 65
Pt. II Strategies
6 Raising the Curtain: Performance, History, and Pedagogy 69
Sample Performance Project Assignment 79
7 Eyewitness to the Movement: Conducting Oral History Interviews in the Classroom 83
Sample Syllabus: Eyewitness to the Civil Rights Movement 92
8 Coming of Age in the Movement: Teaching with Personal Narratives 97
9 Your Blues Ain't Like Mine and the Civil Rights Movement 111
10 Music and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968: A Classroom Approach 125
Sample Syllabus: Music and the Civil Rights Movement 137
Pt. III Issues
11 All Power to the People!: Teaching Black Nationalism in the Post-Civil Rights Era 147
Sample Syllabus: Black Political Thought in the Age of Civil Rights and Black Power, 1954-1975 156
12 "This nonviolent stuff ain't no good. It'll get ya killed.": Teaching about Self-Defense in the African-American Freedom Struggle 159
Sample Assignments: Self-Defense and the African-American Freedom Struggle 169
13 Dismantling the Master's Narrative: Teaching Gender, Race, and Class in the Civil Rights Movement 175
Sample Syllabus: Women and Social Resistance Movements 189
14 The Defiant Ones: The Civil Rights Movement and College Student Protest, 1954-1975 193
Sample Syllabus: The Civil Rights Movement and College Student Protest 207
15 Deep in Our Hearts 209
Pt. IV Chronology 217
Pt. V Resources 227
Contributors 239
Index 243
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    Posted November 25, 2002

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    Not only is this book very well written, it is a great tool in the classroom. I would recommend it to anyway.

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