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ES 540 - Black Power/Brown Power

CRN: 36384

Instructor: Michael Hames-García

Term: Spring 2016

This course will focus on the causes and goals, successes and failures, aspirations and limits of Black Power and Brown Power Movements in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. The course will foreground testimonials and memoirs written by participants in these movements, providing historical and political context through additional readings, documentaries, and lectures.


Primary texts will be draw from the following:


Angela Davis, Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story

Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide

Bobby Seale, Seize the Time

George Jackson, Soledad Brother

Kwame Ture & Charles V. Hamilton, Black Power

Oscar Acosta, Revolt of the Cockroach People

Miguel Algarín and Miguel Piñero, Nuyorican Poetry

Miguel Méndez, We Took the Streets

Oscar López-Rivera, Between Torture and Resistance

Darrel Enck-Wanzer, The Young Lords: A Reader

David Montejano, Sancho’s Journal

Luis Valdez, Zoot Suit

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