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    Macalester College
  Feb 20, 2018
College Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 235 - Comparative Freedom Movements: The US and South Africa

Cross-Listed as AMST 310 
This advanced course explores two of the most important movements to challenge institutional racism in the second half of the 20th century - the U.S. civil rights movement and the South African anti-apartheid movement. The course places both of these movements within their specific historical contexts and, therefore, opens with an examination of the historical role(s) of racism in each of these societies. It then explores dimensions of these movements in a comparative fashion: the leadership produced by both movements; the functioning of both movements and the roles played by particular cohorts (women, young people, workers, allies); the internal tensions within each movement, particularly around ideologies, strategies, and tactics; the uses of culture (music, theater, poetry, visual art) within each movement. We also explore the methodologies of comparative history, particularly the critique that insists that the movements - influences on each other need to be considered. Finally, we assess the impact of each movement on its respective society. Every other year. (4 Credits)