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Civil Rights and Wrongs: Black-Jewish Relations in the 1950s and 1960s (JS1111.04)

Posted by on Sunday, February 1, 2015 in Courses, Fall 2016.

From the Syllabus: Blacks and Jews have shared a long and varied history together, particularly in the American context, as there have been strong forces pulling the two groups simultaneously together and apart.  Through an examination of historical and literary texts, as well as visual images, this course will explore that shared history, focusing on the period of its greatest intensity, the 1950’s and 1960’s.  In exploring this history, the course will show examples of Black-Jewish relations ranging from the heights of co-operation to the depths of conflict, with many halfway points in between.

Course Goals: Because this is a First Year Writing Seminar, the most fundamental goal of the course is to help students to understand the process of college-level writing and to develop their written communication skills.  In terms of content, the primary goal of the course is to teach students about the history of Black-Jewish relations in America, particularly in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Since these two groups have played such an integral part in the nation’s history, however, a second and more abstract goal is to get students to think of ethnicity and diversity in America as being more complex than simple Black (or Red or Yellow or Brown) and White.  An ancillary goal is to expose students to little known but important works of creative art (novels, paintings, films) that comment on Black-Jewish relations; looking at these materials will allow students to put a personal face on what is sometimes an impersonal history.

Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by:
Fall 2016 HCA Yes, FYS American Studies Meyer
Religious Studies

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