History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 615: Problems in American History

HIST 615-005: Civil Rights & Citizenship
(Spring 2017)

Research Hall 201

Section Information for Spring 2017

In this course, we examine the history of civil rights and citizenship in modern America.  Civil rights history is often most closely associated with the African American struggle for racial equality.  Nevertheless, the fight for civil rights in the United States has never been simply a struggle about the needs of one racial group.  Throughout this semester, we explore how many different minority groups in American have fought for their rights in a democratic society that tends to favor the majority.  Some of the movements we cover include: women's rights, Native American rights, the rights of the disabled, gay rights, and the prison rights movement.  By examining and comparing different social and political movements, we develop a deeper understanding of the nature of citizenship--both its rights and obligations--in American society.  What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?  Who decides who is considered a citizen and who is not?  The overall goals of the course are: 1) to develop a historic understanding of how minority groups build social and political movements to advance their needs in American society and 2) to understand how America's sense of nationhood is inextricably connected to contested ideas of citizenship.  

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor.

Notes:

May be repeated for credit when topic is different.

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