African-American History: Modern Freedom Struggle (A Free Course from Stanford)

Taught by his­to­ri­an Clay­borne Car­son, the edi­tor of the papers of Mar­tin Luther King, Jr., this Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty course–entitled African-Amer­i­can His­to­ry: Mod­ern Free­dom Strug­gle–pro­vides an intro­duc­tion to African-Amer­i­can his­to­ry, “with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on the polit­i­cal thought and protest move­ments of the peri­od after 1930.” It focus­es “on select­ed indi­vid­u­als who have shaped and been shaped by mod­ern African-Amer­i­can strug­gles for free­dom and jus­tice.”

All 18 video lec­tures can be viewed above. Or they can be oth­er­wise found on YouTube and iTunes.

African-Amer­i­can His­to­ry: Mod­ern Free­dom Strug­gle has been added to our list of Free Online His­to­ry Cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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