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Moving America Left and Right: 1945–1990

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. (EST)

This seminar will approach American history after World War II as a history of social movements. The first session will explore the black freedom movement with an eye to new scholarly interpretations of a "long civil rights movement" reaching back to the New Deal and beyond the 1970s and including the North and West as well as the South. The second session will examine the women's movement and the conservative movement for insight into the relationships among various movements. It will conclude with a discussion of how viewing the era from 1945 to 1990 as an era of social movements can bring new coherence to the recent past.

Professor of History and African American Studies
Northwestern University
National Humanities Center Fellow
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  • Assigned Readings
    1. Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, "The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past," Journal of American History, 91 (March 2005) (PDF)
    2. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Where Do We Go from Here?," Address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 16 August 1967
    3. Brent Wade, Company Man, novel, 1992, excerpts
    4. Betye Saar, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, mixed media assemblage, 1972
    5. The following texts are from: The American Women's Movement, 1945–2000: A Brief History with Documents.

      Nancy MacLean, "Introduction: The Movement That Changed a Nation," (pp. 1–42) and choose 2 of these 3 documents from the collection:
      • No. 1. The Congress of American Women, "The Position of the American Woman Today" (1946)
      • No. 8. Pauli Murray, "Women's Rights Are Part of Human Rights" (1964)
      • No. 40. Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, "A Day Without Feminism" (2000)
  • Seminar Presentation (PowerPoint, 825KB)
  • Seminar Evaluation (Available on day of seminar.)
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