David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.

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  • Governors State University College of Arts and Sciences
    Division of Arts and Letters
    Humanities Faculty
    HIST 4440, Spring 2020, 3 Credits
    Thursdays, 4:30-7:20, Rm. TBA
    Professor David Hamilton Golland, Office C3370
    Office Hours: click HERE

    Online Course Guide

    February 20: Special guest speaker, Prof. Eliot Fackler (4:30-5:45). We will also end class at 6:30.
    March 19: Class will end at 6:30.

    Course Description:
    Examines the struggle to secure civil rights in the United States. Emphasizes protests, court decisions, and legislation covering the civil rights areas of employment, education, housing, voting, public accommodations, and marriage since 1953.
    Restriction: Sophomore status or higher. Prerequisites: None.
    Intended Audience: History majors and other interested undergraduates. Course Modality: Lecture/Discussion

    Rationale: The civil rights movement in the United States cannot be read in isolation understand the rich historical background of African American history or the legacies of the movement in the more recent past. While students may be familiar with major civil rights figures like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks, it is important to understand the complexities of civil rights leadership and the experience of the movement’s foot soldiers (the students in Student for Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the freedom riders, or the everyday people who marched, boycotted, protested, and volunteered to make the movement happen). This course will try to explore the movement from all of these perspectives using, where possible, first-hand accounts from the people who lived this important history.

    This course will provide the opportunity for critical reflection on the practice of social movements, the theoretical and historical understandings of the movement, and the ongoing legacies of racial and economic inequality in the United States.

    Expected Student Outcomes:
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Identify and interpret causes and consequences of major historical events in American history as related to the civil rights movement experience.
    2. Explain the rhetorical arguments civil rights groups employed to argue against inequalities.
    3. Identify leading civil rights leaders and events from the 1950s -1970s.
    4. Analyze information on the history of civil rights from a variety of perspectives.
    5. Explain the role of Constance Baker Motley as an individual leader, as well as team player, in the civil rights movement and her legacy in the 21st century.

    Required Texts and Films (Top)

    Required texts:
    Golland, A Terrible Thing to Waste (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2019) ISBN-10: 0700627642
    ISBN-13: 978-0700627646
    Marable, Race, Reform, and Rebellion, 3d Ed. (Oxford: University Press of Mississippi, 2007) ISBN-10: 1578061547
    ISBN-13: 978-1578061549
    Self, American Babylon (Princeton University Press, 2005) ISBN-10: 0691124868
    ISBN-13: 978-0691124865
    Total   $76
    Costs are approximate, based on a recent Amazon search. The GSU bookstore may also have copies available, as may the GSU or other local libraries.

    Required films:
  • 4 Little Girls, Dir. Spike Lee, 1997
  • A Soldier's Story, Dir. Norman Jewison, 1984
  • Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Dir. Stanley Nelson, 2016
  • Do the Right Thing, Dir. Spike Lee, 1989
  • Freedom Riders, Dir. Stanley Nelson, 2011
  • Ghosts of Mississippi, Dir. Rob Reiner, 1996
  • Malcolm X, Dir. Spike Lee, 1992
  • White Man's Burden, Dir. Desmond Nakano, 1995
    Films may be available on DVD in the GSU Library or other local libraries, or via a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu, or Prime.
    Governors State University does not endorse any streaming service.

    Course Components: (Top)
    This course contains the following components:
    Component Weight
    Syllabus Quiz 5%
    Do Nows 20%
    BlackBoard Questions 20%
    Plagiarism Quiz 0%
    Participation 20%
    Motley Paper Progress Report 5%
    Motley Paper 10%
    Film Review 20%
    Total 100%

    Explanation of Course Components:

    Syllabus Quiz. Carefully reading the entire syllabus is the homework assignment due the third day of class; maintaining knowledge of it throughout the semester is equally important. Students who do so will ace this brief quiz.

    Do Nows. At the start of each class, students will write and submit, on a single page, two to three sentences explaining one thing they learned during the previous week's discussion and one thing they learned from the current week's reading.

    BlackBoard Questions. Upon completion of each homework assignment, each student will post (in the appropriate forum on the "Discussion" page at the course's BlackBoard site) two questions inspired by the reading. These should not be "yes/no" or simple factual questions but rather must represent an informed consideration of the topic(s) covered by the assigned reading and viewing and should be posed so as to lead to further discussion (in fact they will form the basis of class discussion). When there are readings and viewings assigned, one questions must be inspired by the reading and the other by the viewing. These questions are due by 12:00 Noon the day before each class. Students are also expected to log in to the forum between Noon and the start of class the next day to read the questions posted by other students.

    Plagiarism Quiz. Students must take the quiz at the University of Indiana School of Education Plagiarism Test Site. Successful completion of the test will result in a certificate, which you must print, complete, sign, and turn in to me by the due date. Note: Written work will not be accepted from students who have not successfully completed the plagiarism quiz, resulting in late penalties (or a grade of zero) for those assignments.

    Participation. Each student is expected to actively engage in discussion and activities during every class session. Every three weeks, students must submit in writing a self-description of their participation during those two weeks. Please print the form, which can be found HERE, and submit it at the start of class on the days it is due.

    The Motley Paper will explain the role of Constance Baker Motley as an individual leader, as well as team player, in the civil rights movement and her legacy in the 21st century. The paper should be between 1200 and 1600 words, should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, and should cite every source used. Students will be required to meet with a faculty librarian (ask at the library who the faculty librarians are) to plan a search for articles and books about Motley and her role in the battle for civil rights; conduct the search; read all materials; write an outline for the paper, write a draft of the paper, read and revise the paper at least three times, and submit a final draft. Because all students are working on the same topic, students may work on this project in small groups (up to four students per group) or as individuals. For students working in groups, the paper must be between 1600 and 2000 words; all students will be listed as co-authors; and all students will be given the same grade for the assignment.

    The Motley Paper Progress Report will detail the activities undertaken towards completion of the paper project to date, including library searches attempted, types of materials read (with citations), outlining and other planning, and any writing. Students will be graded on their progress towards completion of the paper project as well as on the professional preparation of the progress report. Students may submit the progress report no earlier than one week before the deadline. Progress reports submitted up to one week after the deadline will carry a late penalty; no progress reports will be accepted more than one week after the deadline. Students working on the Motley paper in small groups must still submit separate project reports decribing their individual role as part of the team working on the project.

    The Film Review must examine in detail one of the films assigned in this class (for homework or in-class). The review should be between 600 and 800 words, should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion, should state the genre of the film (comedy, drama, documentary), and should discuss how the film explores its historical period, how accurately it portrays its historical period, and how it compares and contrasts with the subject matter in all of the other films assigned or shown in this class.

    The mathematical score for students who pass at least one of the exams will translate into letter grades as follows:
    A: Greater than or equal to 90
    B: Greater than or equal to 80 and less than 90
    C: Greater than or equal to 70 and less than 80
    D: Greater than or equal to 60 and less than 70
    F: Less than 60

    All students will receive the exact grade they have earned, and grades will NOT be rounded up. For example, a student with a mathematical score of 89.999 (who passes at least one of the exams) will receive a B; a student with a mathematical score of 59.999 will receive an F. Students in danger of receiving an F are advised to withdraw from the course prior to the withdrawal deadline.

    Schedule: (Top)

    Class Date Read/Watch
    (Links to articles require GSU login)
    Questions Due on BlackBoard (12:00PM)Topic
    January 23     Introduction
    Start Rosewood
    January 30     Finish and discuss Rosewood
    February 6
  • Syllabus
  • Marable through p. 11
  • Golland, Introduction
  • "AHR Forum", pp. 310-387
  • Williams, "Vanguards of the New Negro"
  • February 5 Syllabus Quiz
    February 13
  • Golland, Ch. 1
  • Sitkoff, "Racial Militancy and Interracial Violence"
  • Finkle, "The Conservative Aims of Militant Rhetoric"
  • Reed, "The FBI, MOWM, and CORE, 1941-1946"
  • A Soldier's Story
  • Participation Self-eval Form
  • February 12 World War II
    February 20
  • Self, Introduction & Ch. 1
  • Golland, Ch. 2
  • Marable, pp. 12-40
  • February 19 Brown v. Board
    February 27 Plagiarism Quiz due
  • Self, Ch. 2
  • Marable, pp. 40-58
  • Ghosts of Mississippi
  • February 26 Montgomery and Little Rock
    March 5
  • Self, Ch. 3
  • Marable, pp. 59-67
  • Freedom Riders
  • Participation Self-eval Form
  • March 4 Freedom Rides
    March 12 Spring Break   Not a class day
    March 19 Motley Progress Report due
  • Self, Ch. 4
  • Marable, pp. 67-83
  • 4 Little Girls
  • March 18 Marches & Legislation
    March 26
  • Self, Ch. 5
  • Malcolm X
  • March 25 Rebellions and Assassinations
    April 2
  • Self, Ch. 6
  • Golland, Ch. 3
  • Marable, Ch. 5
  • Black Panthers
  • Participation Self-eval Form
  • April 1 Black Power
    April 9
  • Self, Chs. 7, 8, and Conclusion
  • Marable, Ch. 6
  • Golland, Ch. 4
  • April 8 Affirmative Action
    April 16
  • Marable, Chs. 7-8
  • Golland, Chs. 5-6
  • Do the Right Thing
  • April 15 Beyond the Dream
    April 23
  • Marable, Chs. 9-10
  • Golland, Ch. 7 & Conclusion
  • White Man's Burden
  • Participation Self-eval Form
  • April 22 Black Lives Matter
    April 30 Motley Paper due   Start 13th
    May 7     Finish and discuss 13th
    May 9 Film Review due before Midnight   Not a class day

    Classroom Etiquette: (Top)
    Students are expected to comport themselves in a manner similar to behavior standards in the workplace. Please remember to silence your phones and pagers and put them away for the class (except for times when their use is appropriate).

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    Contact Information: (Top)
    David Hamilton Golland
    Associate Professor of History and and Coordinator of Humanities
    Division of Arts and Letters
    Governors State University
    Office Location: C3370
    E-mail: dgolland@govst.edu

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