This seminar explores how an economically and politically powerless racial minority wrested dramatic change from a determined and entrenched white majority in the American South. It will examine the changing nature of protest from the 1940s to the 1950s; the roles of Martin Luther King Jr., local movements, and women; and the relative importance of violence and non-violence. Participants will discuss how they can use the experiences of schoolchildren, teachers, and students in the crises of the 1950s and 1960s to bring home the realities of the Civil Rights Movement in the classroom. Topics include the Little Rock 9 and their teachers in 1957, students and sit-ins, and the use of schoolchildren in the 1963 Birmingham demonstrations.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:
Badger, Anthony, and Brian Ward. The Making of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
Payne, Charles, and Steve Lawson. Debating the Civil Rights Movement. Boston: Rowman & Littlefield, 1998.
Travel & Accommodations
Applicants who are accepted are expected to arrange their own travel.
The city of Cambridge is in the southeast of England, fifty miles north of London. It is well served by road and rail links, and is within an easy distance of the major London airports.
The Clare College website will provide you with comprehensive directions, as well as city and college maps.
Workshop participants will be housed in on-campus residence halls. Participants will have single bedrooms but will share bathrooms and common space on each floor. Some participants may choose to bring laptops. The college provides sheets and towels only. Please note that participants should plan to bring fans, shower shoes, alarm clocks, shampoo, hangers, irons, hair dryers, etc. Participants will have access to computer clusters, but many choose to bring laptops and ethernet cords.
Meals will be served in a college cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Participating teachers will receive a stipend of $500 to help offset travel expenses. All participants must attend all workshop sessions to receive full stipends. Participants who do not complete the entire seminar will receive a reduced stipend. We will present stipend checks to participants prior to the end of the seminar.
Stipends are taxable. Reporting is the responsibility of the participant.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information, please click here.
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.