SEMINAR PROFILE

H02 - 
American Protest Literature From Tom Paine to the Present
   
  "I like a little rebellion now and then," wrote Thomas Jefferson, enlisting in a tradition that throughout American history has seen writers rage and reason, prophesy and provoke. This two-day interdisciplinary course examines the rich tradition of "protest literature" in the United States from the American Revolution to the present. The primary focus is on three enduring strands of protest: civil rights (beginning with antislavery); women's rights; and workers' rights. We will pay particular attention to dissent as a powerful "voice" of both individuals and movements as expressed through a wide range of print, visual, and oral forms that examine voices of resistance that held the nation to its highest ideals -- castigating it when it fell short, and pointing the way to a better collective future. Our readings are mostly primary sources, ranging from pamphlets, speeches, essays, fiction, and poetry to photographs, music, sociology, and history.
       
   
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Location:
Harvard University-Rosovsky Hall
   
Dates:
1/12/2021, 1/20/2021