CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 001 The Black Power Movement
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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This course explores the history of the Black Power movement and invites students to make a critical assessment of this period’s impact and historical significance. The dramatic arrival of the “Black Power” slogan into the American political consciousness during the mid-1960s signaled the transformation of the Civil Rights movement and the emergence of a new paradigm for political contestation and social change. Spanning the decade 1965-1975, the movement that cohered under the Black Power banner placed strategies for African American empowerment and debates around American citizenship in sharp relief, adding yet another compelling if controversial chapter to the multi-layered history of race and society in post-war America. Using a wide range of materials, we will explore the movement’s origins and make a close examination of the critical issues, events, ideologies, strategies, organizations, and personalities of the period. Students will read both secondary and primary sources including historical monographs, memoirs, scholarly biographies, speeches and texts by movement activists, and selected documents from Black Power organizations. To supplement information from the readings, we will watch documentary films that both provide a visual representation of the period as well as offer alternative interpretive frames for understanding its history.

Additionally, the course will draw attention to artists and cultural workers and to the roles that they played in the political and cultural transformations of the era; thus, artistic and cultural expressions such as music and poetry will also be a part of our course material. In the last part of the academic term, we will explore the legacy of Black Power by looking at representations of the movement in hip hop culture, African American political activism, and other contemporary arenas.

Course requirements: timely completion of reading assignments, consistent participation in class discussions, short writings assignments, and one research paper.

CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Black Power Movement
002 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
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003 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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