E104 0086 Protest Strategies (Guterl) (S & H)

This is a lecture and discussion course on the various approaches to civil rights activism taken by W.E.B. Du Bois, who was born in the era of Reconstruction and who died on the eve of the March on Washington. Over the course of his long life, Du Bois struggled against racism using a wide variety of tactics and strategies: rigorous scholarship, moral suasion, formal politics, cultural nationalism, racial separatism, literary production, nonviolent protests, communist affiliation, and international statesmanship. In considering the history of these approaches, this course will expose students to a broader understanding of American political history and a longer history of the Civil Rights Movement.