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The Civil Rights Movement - SOC-956

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This course will provide an overview and details of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1950's and 1960's that grew out of decades, if not centuries, of discrimination and humiliation experienced by Black Americans. Galvanized by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, Black Americans and other minority groups who underwent struggles of their own brought national and international attention to racial injustice in this country and helped turn America in a new direction of living up to its creed of equality for all. Based on curriculum standards set forth by the National Council for the Social Studies, this class will prepare educators to analyze the forces bringing about cultural change in the 1950's and 1960's relating to relations between America's White majority and racial/ ethnic minorities, especially African-Americans. The roles of key individuals, various groups, and institutions in the civil rights struggle will be covered, as well as the process of change which resulted in new laws and increased popular support for an end to segregation and other racial injustices. Required course materials must be purchased separately.

Course Type: Distance

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