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ENGL 53.27 The African American 1960s

 The decade of the 1960’s brought the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts to American politics.  What did it bring to African American literature and culture?  This course will take a year-by-year approach to understanding the artistic and cultural transformations of Black culture during this turbulent decade.  Beginning with Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun,  we will examine major social and artistic issues of the decade by reading a variety of fiction, poetry and memoir.  Writers we will study may include Amiri Baraka, Robert Hayden, James Baldwin, Dick Gregory, John Williams, Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez and Eldridge Cleaver.  Topics may include the rise of African American popular culture (such as Motown and Stax Records), Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement,  feminism and Black nationalism. 

Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:LIT; WCult:W

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Department-Specific Course Categories

Course Group III