12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
Section Information for Fall 2022
At the turn of the 20th century white patriarchal culture largely stereotyped Black women as desexualized Mammies or immoral Jezebels. These devastating depictions were also linked to the myth of Black men as hypersexual rapists of white women whose image was infused with a heightened purity. This course examines the simultaneous struggles of Black women to defend their name and fight all forms of race and sex proscriptions from the turn of the century period of Jim Crow segregation and disfranchisement through the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements of the 1960s. The history of the long struggle for civil rights in the US has traditionally been understood through the lens of male leadership. This course explores the integral nature of Black women’s involvement in the shaping of movement activism, demonstrating their central roles in struggles to overturn legal segregation, end lynching, and secure political and civil rights as well as women’s rights. The course explores the effects of sexist and racist ideologies on their lives and activism, the changes in their economic and political status, the legal and social barriers they faced, the ways in which they were defined within families and within popular culture, and the political and social movements they build and led.
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