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Introduction to the course

Martin Luther King Jr., Atlanta GA, 1966.

Bob Fitch photography archive, © Stanford University Libraries


Each episode of the course is centered on a period or an event in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. Students will follow a lecture and will analyze primary source documents to help interpret King's thoughts, motives, and actions. In order to better situate the experiences and events in King's life, students can then use the secondary sources, such as textbook excerpts, lesson plans, and King Encyclopedia entries. This approach will allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. 

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