The Civil Rights Movement was the culmination of a revolution many centuries in the making for African Americans. It radically transformed the legal and social status of African Americans and would become the model for countless worldwide movements dedicated to social justice. Through community engagement, lectures, presentations, and visitations, you will learn about some of the major events, organizations, and people who defined the movement at its height. Beginning in Atlanta, Georgia, we will also visit Tuskegee, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana. At these sites, you will have the opportunity to learn about veterans of the movement and hear first-hand experiences of this momentous time in American history. During this time you will also engage extensively with local culture, sampling regional foods, music, and customs.
- Deepen your understanding of diverse cultural traditions.
- Critically and comparatively examine the historical, social, economic, and political issues of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
- Be able to illustrate the interplay between tradition and history in the context of 21st century society.
- Be able to answer the following questions:
- What were the origins, actions, and implications of the Civil Rights Movement?
- How did the Civil Rights Movement transform American society both during the 20th century and today?
- How is the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and the failed government response indicative of African Americans' continued struggles for equality and relevance?
- Course Term: Summer
- Travel Dates: June 10-19, 2019
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Title: HIST 492 The Road to Freedom: America's Civil Rights Movement
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Scholarships and Financial Aid
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Are you a senior planning to graduate in May prior to participating in this program? To be eligible for USD scholarships—such as the Arts & Sciences International Opportunity Fund or Farber Fund—or other financial aid, you will need to change your graduation date to the end of summer.
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This program is open to students of all majors.
This program is open to applicants from any institution, although preference will be given to USD students.
All applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For other eligibility requirements, including minimum GPA and any language prerequisites, refer to the Fact Sheet on this page.
Laura R. Chandler is Director of the Center for Diversity & Community at the University of South Dakota. She previously was an Assistant Professor of History at South Dakota State University and has research interests in African American women's social and political activism, black transnationalism, and feminist theory. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Rice University.
Sara Lampert is Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of South Dakota. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in American History from the University of Michigan.
For questions about the course content and program site, contact the faculty leaders, Laura R. Chandler or Sara Lampert.
For general inquiries and questions about the application process, course registration and billing, contact Søren Peterson in the Center for Academic & Global Engagement. To schedule an advising session with him, visit Coyote Connections (Get Assistance -> Study Abroad -> Faculty-Led Programs).