Civil Rights Movement
On-Line for Summer 2020
Teacher: Mrs. Jessica Newman
Civil Rights Movement Book Study/Presentation
Mrs. Jessica Newman
White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism
by: Kevin M. Kruse
During the civil rights era, Atlanta thought of itself as “The City Too Busy to Hate,” a rare place in the South where the races lived and thrived together. Over the course of the 1960s and 1970s, however, so many whites fled the city for the suburbs that Atlanta earned a new nickname: “The City Too Busy Moving to Hate.”
In this reappraisal of racial politics in modern America, Kevin Kruse explains the causes and consequences of “white flight” in Atlanta and elsewhere. Seeking to understand segregationists on their own terms, White Flight moves past simple stereotypes to explore the meaning of white resistance. In the end, Kruse finds that segregationist resistance, which failed to stop the civil rights movement, nevertheless managed to preserve the world of segregation and even perfect it in subtler and stronger forms.
Challenging the conventional wisdom that white flight meant nothing more than a literal movement of whites to the suburbs, this book argues that it represented a more important transformation in the political ideology of those involved. In a provocative revision of postwar American history, Kruse demonstrates that traditional elements of modern conservatism, such as hostility to the federal government and faith in free enterprise, underwent important transformations during the postwar struggle over segregation. Likewise, white resistance gave birth to several new conservative causes, like the tax revolt, tuition vouchers, and privatization of public services. Tracing the journey of southern conservatives from white supremacy to white suburbia, Kruse locates the origins of modern American politics.
Rationale for this Summer Session:
During a history class in grad school, I was assigned White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by Kevin M. Kruse. Having been born and raised in the United States South (Alabama specifically); the history of the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the lasting effects of both have always interested me. This book was eye-opening and really helped to dispel some myths and misconceptions I had. I feel strongly that this book should be a must read for everyone. Though the South often stands out when it comes to racial issues; it is important for students to understand that racial tension, segregation, and disrimination wasn’t and isn’t just something consigned to the South. It was/is prevalent in the North and other parts of the United States. In other parts of the world, racial/ ethnicity tensions and discrimination persist as well and I hope through this book study, research, and presentation, you will gain a better understanding of what happened in the United States during the Civil Rights Movement and that you will take a closer look at your city or community’s past and how that has shaped the present and potentially the future when it comes to race/ethnicity issues. The goal of this course is to inspire the student to be an active part in changing their community for the better and/or to be aware of positive changes that have already been made. Students with an interest in U.S. History and/or issues within their community are encouraged to join this course!
Readings will be split over three weeks and will go through the nine chapters. There will be discussions each week for three chapters. This will be a time to state your thoughts on what you read, ask questions, and/or gain a better understanding of what you are reading.
Students will need to purchase/borrow (used copy is fine!) a copy of the book- White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism by: Kevin M. Kruse by May 31 for Session 1 or June 28 for Session 2. There is an audiobook on Amazon (if you have Audible).
Dates: Two sessions available- they will be the same
*will utilize Schoology's online platform for discussions and students’ presentations. Please make sure to sign up for a free account.
May 31- June 27, 2020
- Week 1 Ch. 1-3 May 31- June 6 (discussion/response due by June 6)
- Week 2 Ch. 4-6 June 7- June 13 (discussion/response due by June 13)
- Week 3 Ch. 7-9 June 14-June 20 (discussion/response due by June 20)
- presentation due by June 27 (we will have threaded discussion of students presentations)
June 28- July 25, 2020
- Week 1 Ch. 1-3 June 28- July 4 (discussion/response due by July 4)
- Week 2 Ch. 4-6 July 5- July 11 (discussion/response due by July 11)
- Week 3 Ch. 7-9 July 12- July 18 (discussion/response due by July 18)
- presentation due by July 25 (we will have threaded discussion of students presentations)
Students will do research on a chosen immigration, race/ethnicity, or socio-economic issue where they live (community, city, region) that culminates with a presentation based on their research. This presentation should be in the form of a video, Google Slide, website, or similar program.
- An ideal outcome would be a presentation that includes proposed solutions to your chosen topic and/or highlights changes/reforms that have already been made.
- Students should choose a topic early on and do research and work on your presentation throughout the 3 weeks. Please do not wait until the last minute and have a rushed presentation.
- Research should be focused on civil rights legislation (post 1965) and beyond.
Research can be accomplished through:
- interviews (relevant to your chosen topic/issue)
- demographic records search from a library, city hall, or another official entity
- current events
- scholarly sources and/or books search relevant to your topic
**Make sure to cite your sources
**With the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, students should make sure they are following laws/policies regarding social distancing and quarantines/isolation. If online sources are not available for your community & you cannot go to your community buildings, you may choose another community that you can more easily do research. Please contact Mrs. Newman if that is the case.
Tuition: $150/student (either Session 1 or 2- they are the same)
Minimum- 5 students for the course to make and no maximum number of students. There is no application needed for this summer course.
Grading- half credit class (either Session 1 or 2- t hey are the same)
- Grade will be calculated based on participation throughout the course and the final presentation (completion grade).
For more information or questions, please contact Mrs. Jessica Newman
Instructor qualifications and bio:
Mrs. Jessica Newman is from Birmingham, Alabama. She is excited to start her 2nd year with PA Homeschoolers AP online program for 2020-2021! She graduated from the University of Montevallo (Montevallo, Alabama, USA) with a Bachelor of Arts in History and in 2004, a Masters in Education from the University of Montevallo. In 2012, Mrs. Newman graduated with a Masters in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama, USA). In 16 years of teaching, she has taught Modern World History, Modern U.S. History, AP European History, Comparative World Religions and Current Events, AP World History, AP World History Modern, and Speech/Debate. In 2015, she passed the English/Language Arts PRAXIS. Mrs. Newman has also been an AP European History Reader for four years along with online AP review collaborations with fellow AP Euro teachers such as Ms. Meredith Noah.
Mrs. Newman currently resides in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband and two children, Julieanne (13 years old) and Jeff (11 years old) She loves everything history including shopping for antiques and doing genealogy research. Her Masters Thesis was "Berry G. Jackson: Murder Witness and Murderer"- detailing Mrs. Newman's GGG Grandfather, who was enslaved in Levy Co., Florida, who escaped enslavement, joined the Union in the Civil War, and became a respectable member of a society in Rochester, New York. Mrs. Newman loves to cheer for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the UAB Blazers. She loves to travel and has visited England, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Italy multiple times. She also loves hiking or riding her mountain bike with family. She enjoys taking her 1971 Chevelle Malibu out for a spin when she is able to and she has a myriad of quirky favorites such as watching Doctor Who and playing Pokemon (card game and TCG). Mrs. Newman also has 2 rescue cats (tuxedos) named Panther and Simone.
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