Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Hill, Kim
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6314 Section 001
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Long Civil Rights Movement

Description of Course:

The phrase “Long Civil Rights Movement” was coined by Dr. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (of UNC-Chapel Hill) to draw attention to African American freedom struggles beyond the 1950s to 1960s time frame. Hall established the UNC Southern Oral History Program to provide historical context and breadth regarding the standard civil rights narrative: a focus on activism from the Montgomery bus boycott (1955) through the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
This course will describe the trajectories of “Long Civil Rights Movement” scholarship and the research methodologies in this emerging field. It draws on interview-based publications and media, local histories, relevant fiction, and my four years of experience as an SOHP interviewer. The readings schedule will flow thematically through three sections: perspectives on the movement, research examples, and presentation styles. We will use these sources to discuss the appropriate boundaries of the movement. For example: should it be traced from the 1930s through the 1980s? What types of public work did it encompass beyond politics and civil disobedience? You will also choose between two research options for your final paper; you can either conduct and edit an original oral history or analyze existing interviews from a suggested oral history archive.
For more information on the Long Civil Rights Movement initiative and the Southern Oral History Program, see:

Required Texts:


Behnken, Brian D. Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas Univ. of North Carolina 9780807834787
Clark, Septima Poinsette and Cynthia Stokes Brown Ready From Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement Africa World Press 978-0865431744
Dittmer, John Local People: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi University of Illinois Press 0252065077
Ellison, Ralph Invisible Man Knopf Doubleday Any edition
Gritter, Elizabeth River of Hope: Black Politics and the Memphis Freedom Movement University Press of Kentucky 9780813144740
Hall, Jacquelyn Dowd Revolt Against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching Columbia University Press 9780231082839
Hill, Lance Edward The Deacons for Defense: Armed Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement University of North Carolina 9780807828472
Kaliss, Gregory Men's College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality Temple University Press 9781439908570
Korstad, Robert Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-twentieth-century South Univ. of North Carolina 9780807854549
Linden, Glenn M. Desegregating Schools in Dallas: Four Decades in the Federal Courts Three Forks Press 978-0963762917
McGuire, Danielle At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance Knopf Doubleday 9780307594471
Phillips, Kimberly War! What is it Good For? Black Freedom Struggles and the U.S. Military from World War 2 to Iraq U. North Carolina 978-1-4696-1389

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation Based on weekly discussions/activities (10%)
Current Events Response (400 words max) Due Sept. 17 (10%)
Close Reading of One Oral History Interview Transcript (4-5 pages) Due Oct. 8 (20%)
Short Lesson Demonstration (3 pages or 6 minutes max) Due Nov. 12 (20%)
Final Paper:
Oral History Research Essay (14-15 pages) OR Edited Oral History Interview (30-45 minutes) Due Wednesday, Dec. 16th (40%)

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