History 450: The Civil Rights Movement examines the American Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1973. Topics include the Brown decision, the Montgomery bus boycotts, the student movement, the northern urban housing crisis, differing strategies within and between the black and white communities, the transformation of national political parties, the woman's liberation movement, affirmative action, and the relationship between religion and politics.


Book List:

  • Abu-Jamal, Mumia. We Want Freedom: Life in the Black Panther Party. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2004. ISBN: 0–89608–718–2. $18.00.
  • Carson, Clayborne, et al., eds. The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle. New York: Penguin, 1991. ISBN: 0–14–015403–5. $16.95.
  • Dierenfield, Bruce J. The Civil Rights Movement. Rev. ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4058-7435-9. $25.00..
  • Doyle, William. An American Insurrection: James Meredith and the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962. New York: Anchor, 2003. ISBN: 0–385–49969–8. $17.00.
  • MacPherson, Ryan C., ed. “The Problem of the Color Line”: Selected Documents in Civil Rights History. An anthology for students enrolled in “History 450: The Civil Rights Movement” at Bethany Lutheran College. Course packet. Spring 2011.
  • Ogbar, Jeffrey O. G., ed. The Civil Rights Movement. Problems in American Civilization series. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. ISBN: 0–618–077375. $28.95.
  • Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. ISBN 0-226-82337-7. $17.00.


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