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The Black and White '60s

Professor: Julian Bond
Institution: University of Virginia at Charlottesville
Date: Spring 1995
Listing: History: Honors Seminar
Class meetings: 2 hours, once a week


  • Todd Gitlin, The Sixties
  • Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
  • Howell Raines, My Soul is Rested


The 1960s saw a generation of young peple build movements which would eventually stop a war abroad and greatly advance a war at home. This seminar will explore these movements and that decade through the accounts of activists Todd Gitlin and Anne Moody, and the reminiscences of civil rights movement participants.


This is a 12-week class with 2 weeks for oral presentaations. All students will be expected to complete the assignments. Each student will be expected to select--in consulttion with the instructor--a personality or an organization, and to study that organization or personality in detail, making a 20-minute oral presentation on April 25 or May 2. Each student must also present a bibliography of sources--other books, newspapers, periodicals, orgnaizational archives--upon which the research for the oral presentation is based. The organizations include, but are not limited to: NAACP, SANE, SDS, SNCC, SSOC, AIM, CORE, SWP, US, Yippies, SCOPE, Deacons for Defense, ILGWU. The list of personalities is equally long. The goal is to explain and analyze the person or organization's goals and actions in the 1960s.


1/24: Introduction to the course

1/31: Reading: Gitlin: preface, 1-77. Moody: 11-117. Come to class with two questions you wish to discuss.

2/7: Read: Moody: 121-214. Raines: 27-74.

2/14: Read: Gitlin: 81-192. Moody: 217-258. Raines: 75-129.

2/21: Read: Moody: 261-385.

2/28: Read: Gitlin: 1975-221. Raines: 131-185.

3/7: Read: Gitlin: 222-241. Raines: 187-226.

3/21: Read: Gitlin: 243-260.

3/28: Read: Gitlin: 261-282. Raines: 233-293.

4/4: Read: Gitlin: 285-361. Raines: 297-423.

4/11: Read: Raines: 425-457.

4/18: Read: Gitlin: 362-438. Raines: 459-472.

4/25: Oral presentations.

5/2: Oral presentations.

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