Rhetorical Activism and
United States Civil Rights Movements

English 319, Section 2
Fall 2002
Professor: Alisse Theodore
Email Address: alisse@umich.edu

Schedule of Assignments
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date listed.
Be sure to look at the course's online photogallery on days when "Photo/Bio" is noted.
Please note that this schedule of assignments is subject to change.
Changes will be announced in class and posted on the course website,
You are responsible for all changes announced in class.

September October November December

DateDayTopics for Discussion and Assignments Due
September 4WednesdayFirst day of class.
Welcome and introductions.
Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?", 1852. Photo/Bio
September 9Monday Course Information, Schedule of Assignments.
Declaration of Independence.
United States Constitution.
Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?", 1852.
September 11Wednesday Discussion of theory and texts continues from Monday.
September 16Monday McKay, Remonstrating Against the Right of Suffrage, 1870.
Anthony, Address on the Charge of Illegal Voting, 1872. Photo/Bio
To read the Anthony online, follow the link. Look at pages i and iii. Read pages v-vii and 151-78. I know that it takes forever to load each page, but there is no way to shorten the process.
September 18Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
September 23Monday Cleveland, "Would Woman Suffrage Be Unwise?", 1905. Photo/Bio
Shaw, "Fundamental Principle of a Republic," 1915. Photo/Bio
September 25Wednesday Discussion continues from Wednesday.
Have you stopped by to chat during office hours yet?
September 30Monday Visit Africana.com. Do a search for, and read about, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Black Panthers, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.
Kennedy, "To the American People on Civil Rights," 1963. Photo/Bio
Wallace, " Segregation Forever," 1963. Photo/Bio
October 2Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
October 7Monday King, "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," 1963. Photo/Bio
Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet," 1964. Photo/Bio
October 9Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
October 14Monday No Class: Fall Break.
October 16Wednesday SNCC, Black Power, 1966.
Carmichael, Black Power, 1966. Photo/Bio
Carmichael, Black Power, 1967.
King, Black Power, 1967.
October 21Monday Discussion continues from Wednesday.
October 23Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
Mid-semester evaluation of the course.
October 28Monday Cleaver, "A Word to Students," 1968. Photo/Bio
Davis, "Get it Together," 1971. Photo/Bio
October 30Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
November 4Monday First exam.
November 6Wednesday Read the National Organization for Women's "Chronology of the Equal Rights Amendment 1923-1996".
Read the Eagle Forum's "A Short History of ERA".
National Council of Jewish Women, Statement in Opposition, 1970.
National Council of Catholic Women, Statement in Opposition, 1970.
November 11Monday Mainardi, "Politics of Housework," 1970.
Syfers, "Why I Want a Wife," 1971.
Friedan, "An Open Letter to True Men," 1974. Photo/Bio
Falwell, "The Feminist Movement," 1980. Photo/Bio
November 13Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
November 18Monday Chisholm, "The 51% Minority," 1970.
Beale, "Double Jeopardy," 1970.
November 20Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
November 25Monday Shelley, "Gay is Good," 1970.
Milk, "The Hope Speech," 1978. Photo/Bio
Measure Nine, Oregon, 1992.
LaHaye, "One Man, One Woman," 1999. Photo/Bio (link updated 11/24/02)
November 27 Wednesday No class: Thanksgiving recess.
December 2Monday Lorde, "There is No Hierarchy of Oppressions," 1983. Photo/Bio
Liebman, Letter to William F. Buckley, Jr., 1990.
Buckley, Response, 1990.
December 4Wednesday Discussion continues from Monday.
December 9Monday Steinem, "Words and Change," 1979/1982/1995. Photo/Bio
Wrap-up, review, and class evaluation.
Optional critical essay due at the start of class.
December 11Wednesday Second Exam.

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