On the road to freedom : a civil rights movement field study : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s was one of the defining moments of American history. The black community after World War II was ready to fight in the courts and in the streets. Civil right activists staged protest events including the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955, the Selma-to-Montgomery March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1956, the Greensboro and Nashville sit-ins in 1960, and the March on Washington in 1963. However, while today's students learn about the movement, many of the key figures, the important role of community, and events are not understood. More importantly, students today are too young to remember the mood of the United States during the movement. It is vital for future generations to understand the battle that African Americans fought to be seen as equals.I created a plausible, but as yet unrealized, five-week field study targeted particularly at upper-level college students studying the field of history. The field study merges information about the civil rights movement with first-hand experience to create a better understanding of the movement. While the field study has not yet had a chance to become a reality, the following itinerary, budget, syllabus, assignments, and site explanations included can be easily utilized in the future.