The Long Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement is strongly associated with the 1950s and 1960s, when heroic figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., came on to the world stage. But in recent years some historians have argued that those decades are best understood in the context of a much longer black freedom struggle, which extends from Emancipation to Barack Obama and beyond. In this seminar we will revisit these debates, focusing on how best to think about and teach the history of the African American fight for civil rights in the modern United States.