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Course SummaryHistory 307: American Civil Rights Movement has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. With this self-paced course, you get engaging lessons, expert instructors who make even the most challenging history topics simple, and an excellent resource for getting a head start on your degree.
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The objective of this course is to identify and explain the origins and development of the American Civil Rights movement since the early 20th century. Students will learn about the social and cultural context that prefaced the movement, different organizations that supported and opposed it, and its decline, legacy, and effects.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and become eligible for college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Assignments are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. Two assignments are required for this course. You can access them here.
- All assignment scores will total up to 100 points.
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- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your assignment(s) twice. You are free to resubmit an assignment within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
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Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:
- Summarize the major events and factors that contributed to keep African Americans as second-class citizens between 1877 and the World War II era (including the Jim Crow system of segregation and widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the South).
- Summarize efforts by African American citizens and activists to resist discrimination and advocate for civil rights between 1877 and the World War II era (including the founding of organizations such as the NAACP and CORE, the Double V campaign, the use of the court system to force state and federal governments to defend or reject segregation).
- Describe the national and grassroots organizations and their activities associated with the Civil Rights Movement (including the NAACP, CORE, the SCLC, SNCC, the Women's Political Council in Montgomery, the Black Panthers; including Brown v. Board, the bus boycotts, sit-ins, the March on Washington, the Poor People's Campaign).
- Compare and contrast the different methods of resistance and protest by civil rights leaders and activists during the Civil Rights Movement (including the use of litigation, direct action, and armed self-defense, as well as which persons or groups advocated for the use of the various tactics).
- Describe the role of state and federal governments in resisting or supporting the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s (including major pieces of legislation, actions by individual government officials such as Lyndon Johnson or George Wallace, and acts of defiance by state governments such as South Carolina).
- Explain the history of 'race' as a concept in relation to slavery and the development of economic, legal, and social systems that facilitated white supremacy.
- Analyze how racism influenced the reactions of whites to the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s (including 'white flight' and the use of intimidation or extreme violence, up to murder).
- Analyze the influences and legacy of the Civil Rights Movement (including its impacts on other communities of color, its effects on American society and culture, and what issues remained unaddressed following the movement's fracture in 1968).
There are no prerequisites for this course but most students prefer to complete History 103: US History I and History 104: US History II before taking this course.
History 307: American Civil Rights Movement consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by ACE for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete History 307 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the History 307 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Civil Rights Movement from the Civil War to the 1920s||Describe the concepts of race and racism; summarize the events and factors that led to increased civil rights for African Americans in the 19th century; explain how those rights were subsequently undermined or thwarted; identify how African Americans sought to protect themselves and their rights despite resistance from white citizens and politicians.|
|Civil Rights in the New Deal & World War II Era||Explain how the New Deal had limited benefits for African Americans; describe the effects of World War II on race relations and civil rights for African Americans; identify the ways in which African Americans worked to counter discrimination and segregation during the time period; explain how the issue of segregation affected both domestic and international politics in the United States.|
|The Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s||Describe the ways in which African Americans and organizations worked to advance civil rights; explain the significant events of the 1950s; explain why numerous whites were committed to maintaining the racist system of segregation with whatever means possible; summarize government reactions to civil rights.|
|Direct Action & Desegregation from 1960-1963||Explain the tactic of direct action and provide at least three substantive examples of direct action during the stated time period; summarize the roles of civil rights organizations such as SNCC and the SCLC in directing non-violent protests; identify violent reactions of whites against civil rights activists.|
|The Civil Rights Movement from 1964-1965||Summarize the major legislative victories of 1964 and 1965, including the 24th amendment, the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act; explain the actions of civil rights activists in advocating for public and government support for their causes; identify the differences in approaches that existed among advocates for civil rights; describe the violent reaction that whites had to civil rights advances and protests.|
|Resistance to the Civil Rights Movement||Explain why most of the resistance to the Civil Rights Movement came from white citizens; describe the ways in which white citizens resisted civil rights, particularly in regard to the use of violence; explain the roles of state and federal government in regards to undermining civil rights and encouraging resistance to civil rights.|
|The Civil Rights Movement from 1965-1968||Describe the intersection between poverty, economic justice and civil rights; explain how activists sought to address systemic poverty; explain how conflicts among activists persisted and increased following the legislative victories of 1964 and 1965; summarize the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.|
|The Decline & Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement||Explain why the Civil Rights Movement fractured after 1968; describe how the Civil Rights Movement influenced or coincided with civil rights activism surrounding other communities of color, women or LGBT persons; explain how the Civil Rights Movement changed or influenced media and culture in the United States.|
|Civil Rights in the Modern Era||Explain why the struggle for civil rights and equality has continued for communities of color into the present day; assess issues related to civil rights or persistent discrimination faced by African Americans since the Civil Rights Movement; identify groups or individuals involved in civil rights and social justice activism.|
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