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ETH 220 - History of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course examines the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh. It starts with a brief overview of racial conditions in the United States, with special emphasis on Pittsburgh. The groups and individuals that participated in the movement to seek equality are discussed. Students learn about the government agencies and businesses confronted. The specific techniques used by civil rights groups are discussed.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Discuss racial conditions in the United States from 1526 to present.
  2. Identify specific racial conditions in Pittsburgh for the same time period.
  3. Summarize early resistance to Black oppression in the United States.
  4. Differentiate Jim Crow laws in the South and Jim Crow customs in the North as well as the differences between Southern and Northern racism.
  5. Explain the choice of targets for demonstrations in Pittsburgh.
  6. Discuss the fact that the Pittsburgh movement included both Black and White people.
  7. Identify some of the organizations involved in the Pittsburgh movement.
  8. Identify at least three leaders of the Pittsburgh movement.
  9. Discuss the tension between the Pittsburgh Police Department and movement leaders.
  10. Discuss the targets and the results of the movement.
Listed Topics
  1. The racial climate in the United States since its inception
  2. Racial conditions in Pittsburgh
  3. Techniques used to suppress Blacks in America, including Jim Crow laws and Jim Crow customs
  4. The Southern movement
  5. The Pittsburgh movement
  6. Segregation in Pittsburgh by practice and exclusion, Jim Crow customs in Pittsburgh
  7. The targets of the Pittsburgh movement
  8. The organizations involved in the Pittsburgh movement
  9. The leaders of the Pittsburgh movement
  10. The riots of 1968
  11. Retrospective: Was it worth the effort? Lessons learned?
Reference Materials
Textbook/materials as required by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/14/2021

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