Five College Consortium

Organizing in the Whirlwind

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Critical Social Inquiry

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Hampshire College
This course will explore the organizing efforts of African-Americans during the twentieth century. We will examine activism in both rural and urban sites and in cross-class, middle-class and working-class organizations. The readings will provide critical perspectives on how class, educational status, and gender shape the formation, goals, leadership styles and strategies of various movements. Some of the movements include the lobbying and writing of Ida B. Wells, the cross-regional efforts of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, and the post-WWII radical union movement in Detroit and the local 1199 hospital workers union movement in New York. By extending our exploration over the course of the twentieth century, we will trace the development of various organizing traditions and consider their long-term impact on African-American political activism and community life. A perspective that consistently engages the ways in which African Americans respond and locate themselves within larger global transformations will provide an important frame for our discussions.

Power, Community and Social Justice

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Organizing in the Whirlwind
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Amy Jordan

10:30AM-11:50AM T,TH

Emily Dickinson Hall 4