Over the last fifty years since the Modern Civil Rights Movement in America has ended there has a been a steady flow of continuous work, both scholarly and popular, covering the people, events, and politics surrounding the events that transpired from the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision ending school segregation, up to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. While well documented, this historical period does lack exploration of the adversity included with being both an African-American and a sociopolitical activist in a turmoil ridden American landscape. An important part of understanding the Modern Civil Rights Movement, is understanding the people involved, specifically black volunteers, citizens, clergymen, and politicians. This thesis approaches the greater movement from three distinct movements: The Albany Campaign, the Freedom Summer, and the events surrounding and including what is now referred to as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. Further, this thesis seeks to interpret the concept of a “double-burden” and how it affected the people under that umbrella.


King, Shannon




Civil Rights

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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