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This module, intended for use in introductory humanities courses, will be an interdisciplinary, comparative analysis of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Students will compare/contrast popular narratives about BLM with stated goals of movement participants. They will also consider the place of BLM in larger historical narratives. Students will be encouraged to move beyond initial assumptions, and instead ask the questions that humanist scholars ask of such texts and events. In the process, students will:

  • gain a more scholarly understanding of the goals, methods, organizational and social philosophy, complexity, and identity of BLM;
  • understand the place of BLM alongside other civil rights movements in the post-Civil War era; and
  • better understand the complex relationship between social movements and public opinion.

This resource is part of the following program: Redesigning Modernities.



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You can download the resource files here: Reading Black Lives Matter
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Earl Crown is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, where he also teaches United States history. His scholarly interests include the social, political, and intellectual history of the Jim Crow South. He is currently researching the 1948 presidential campaign of Henry Wallace and its connection to progressive student activism at the University of Florida and other Southern universities.

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