AMS 390 • 20th Century U.S. Social Movements
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Focusing on the post-World War II era to the present, this graduate seminar will explore how people have collectively rallied for social change in the United States. Approaching the concept of social movement both topically and theoretically, we will consider how technology, popular culture, and broader economic and political contingencies have shaped the landscape of social change. We will also be mindful of the transnational context of various movements: the African American civil rights movement, for example, had a profound influence on the formation of Indias Dalit Panthersa social movement of Maharashtrian ex-Untouchables. Topics of examination will include feminism, labor, civil rights, the American Indian Movement, environmentalism, the United Farm Workers, Black Power, antiwar activism, the gay and lesbian movement, animal rights, the New Right, and antiglobalization. Throughout the course, we will link these movements to previous periods of activism in U.S. history, and will, furthermore, analyze how these movements bear upon each other.
TENTATIVE READING LIST (Please notethis list will be modified): Barry Adam, The Rise of a Gay and Lesbian Movement Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s Miriam Ching, Yoon Louie, Sweatshop Warriors Ferris, Sandoval, Hembree, ed., The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers Movement Lisa McGirr, Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right Laura Pulido, Environmentalism and Economic Justice: Two Chicano Struggles in the Southwest Ruth Rosin, The World Split Open Douglas Rossinow, The Politics of Authenticity Smith and Warrior, Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee Peter Singer, Animal Liberation Komozi Woodard, A Nation Within a Nation