POLI 16-What we'll read

Required Reading:

The primary readings for the course will be:

  1. Taylor Branch, The King Years
  2. Bill Moyer, Doing Democracy
  3. Marshall Ganz, Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organizatio, and Strategy in the California Farmworker Movement
  4. Helen Zia, Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People


  • excerpts from Dick Cluster, ed, They Should Have Served that Cup of Coffee: 7 Radicals Remember the 60s
  • excerpts from Crawford, et al, eds,  Women of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Misc. Class Handouts
  • Course Assignments (available via the class website)
  • Course Syllabus and misc. handouts (available via the class website)
  • Important Note: if you would like to cover some material not included in the syllabus, talk to me about this and we can make a special arrangement for you to do an independent project for credit.

Also recommended that you purchase for your personal library (we will be reading excerpts from both of these books, both of which can be found used for as little as 1 cent plus postage)

  • They Should Have Served That Cup of Coffee: 7 Radicals Remember the 60's, Dick Cluster (1979, revised 1999- either edition is fine)
  • Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Trailblazers and Torchbearers, 1941-1965, Vicki L. Crawford, Jacqueline Anne Rouse and Barbara Woods (Oct 22, 1993)
Optional Extra Credit resources:

There are MANY books and videos on social movements. I have listed just a few below to peak your interest. If you have some other book or video series you would like to incorporate into your studies, please see me about this.

  • Asian Americans: The Movement and the Moment, Steve Louie and Glenn Omatsu, editors
  • Chicano! Video Series (4 segments) (10 points for a review of each segment)
  • Chicano!: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, Francisco A. Rosales, F. Arturo Rosales
  • Eyes on the Prize 1 and 2, DVD or Video Series (14 segments) (10 points for a review of each segment- max 50 points)
  • Personal Politics, Sarah Evans
  • You Got to Move, Video on Miles Horton (10 points for a movie review)
  • Strike!, Jeremy Brecher
  • Politics the Wellstone Way, Wellstone Action
  • Poor People's Movements, Francis Fox Piven and Richard Cloward
  • Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky
  • They Should Have Served That Cup of Coffee, Dick Cluster
  • Women in the Civil Rights Movement, Crawford, Rouse and Woods
  • Youth, Identity and Power, Carlos Munoz