Civil Liberties and the Second Reconstruction: Problems of Suppression and Covert Disruption

Civil Liberties and the Second Reconstruction: Problems of Suppression and Covert Disruption

Professor Randall Kennedy
Winter 2020 course
M, T, W, Th, F 9:00am - 12:15pm in Pound Hall Room 100
3 classroom credits

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam
The requirement for the course are five six to eight page papers that react to readings and lectures.

This course will focus on controversies that arose from efforts to suppress activists who were making claims on behalf of racial justice in the middle of the twentieth century. Examples of the repression to be studied will include under-protection of the law in the face of racially motivated violence, actions undertaken to squelch the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), legislation targeting civil rights attorneys, the use of injunctions to stymie mass protest, and the infiltration and sabotage of the Black Panther Party and other organizations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Legal History