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The Civil Rights Movement

3 Credits
Engage in an overview and details of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1950's and 1960's that grew out of decades, if not centuries, of discrimination and humiliation experienced by Black Americans. Galvanized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, Black Americans and other minority groups who underwent struggles of their own brought national and international attention to racial injustice in this country and helped turn America in a new direction of living up to its creed of equality for all. Based on curriculum standards set forth by the National Council for the Social Studies, this class will prepare educators to analyze the forces bringing about cultural change in the 1950's and 1960's relating to relations between America's White majority and racial/ethnic minorities, especially African-Americans. The roles of key individuals, various groups, and institutions in the civil rights struggle will be covered, as well as the process of change which resulted in new laws and increased popular support for an end to segregation and other racial injustices.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.