ENGLISH 303 - Language and Rhetorical Studies
Fall 2023, Section 001 - American Civil Rights Rhetoric
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Recommended for students interested in focusing their study of English on language matters.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This course takes a rhetorical approach to examining American civil rights rhetoric across the 19th and 20th century. We will study the arguments, appeals, and strategies that form a foundational American rhetorical tradition inspired by the Declaration of Independence that privileges freedom, equality, and human dignity. In this course we will examine how the antislavery and women’s movements created a variety of rhetorical strategies that were adapted and used across the American Civil Rights Movement in the 20th century. Readings include Maria Stewart, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sarah Grimké, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X.

This course satisfies the following CURRENT English major/minor requirements: American Literature + Identity/Difference

This course satisfies the following NEW English major/minor requirements: Foundations & Methods (300/400-level), Regions (Americas, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland)

Course Requirements:

This course requires regular attendance and participation in lectures and discussion. Students will complete a series of three short papers (2-3 pages) and develop a final project and presentation on a social movement of their choice. There are no exams in this course.

Intended Audience:

This course is accessible to all undergraduate students at all levels.


ENGLISH 303 - Language and Rhetorical Studies
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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