History of U.S. Social Movements


Examines the social movements that have shaped U.S. history, starting with the American Revolution itself and covering others including the anti-slavery movement, women's rights, Populism, Socialism, the Ku Klux Klan, the labor movement, the Black Freedom Movement and broader New Left, lesbian and gay liberation, and the recent conservative movement, focusing on the ethical issues arguments they raised, and how new civil, political, and social rights were created through social movement organizing. Lectures and readings explore why these movements arose, what they achieved, why many opposed them, and what we can learn about American history writ large from their experiences.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • PUBPOL 344
  • RIGHTS 344
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring