Most Americans think of the civil rights movement as a southern phenomenon, aimed at toppling the legal system of segregation that stripped African Americans of the rights the Constitution guaranteed them. But the movement also swept through the north, where it confronted a set of racial practices more amorphous than the South’s but every bit as devastating. This seminar will examine the history of that movement from the Great Migration to the late twentieth century, using Chicago as a case study. We will explore the long, bitter struggle over neighborhood segregation; trace the movement’s efforts to integrate schools and workplaces; and examine its relationship with the city’s political structures as it tried to transform what was – and is – one of the nation’s most segregated cities.
Registration will open on Monday, September 16, 2013