The class will explore the history of what is often called the “Classic Civil Rights Movement” by examining the literature of that period, as well as the literature about that period that has been published more recently. Course texts will include a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including (but not limited to) speeches, poetry, novels, short stories, news articles, and movies. Written work will include traditional essays, as well as creative compositions such as poetry and short stories.
The goal of the course will be to explore the major milestones/markers of the Civil Rights Movement and the literature those events inspired. In so doing, students will gain a better understanding of the events themselves and the associated literature.