This course will examine the “Movement” through a combination of class lecture and emphasis upon documentary film. Significant period writings will also be utilized. Topics include: Brown vs. The Board of Education; the murder of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and the bus boycott; segregation in schools; Nashville, TN.-a segregated city; the Freedom Rides; events in Birmingham; the March on Washington; Freedom Summer; Selma; Voting Rights Act; and the Watts explosion.
GROUP LEADER: Leo Sullivan is a veteran WISE presenter having previously taught several courses on 20th Century American history topics. His main area of interest and focus is the post-WW II period, 1945-1975. He has an MA in American History from Notre Dame and is a retired school superintendent.
REQUIRED BOOK: Voices in Our Blood, ed. By Jon Meacham, Random House Paperback, 2003. ISBN 11-375-75881
REQUIRED READING: Prior to the first class, read selections on pages 13-32, 75-104 and 167-202
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)
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