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The course explores the changing meaning of democracy and freedom from a multicultural perspective. It covers major events between the Colonial and Civil Rights eras, with a focus on the 1860s-1960s. The origins, key developments, and philosophies of the US and California Constitutions are studied as well as the role of social movements in struggles for social justice. Students also organize a political project that enables them to directly participate in the democratic process.

Units: 4

General Education requirement met:   D2: U.S. Histories & Democratic Participation

Prerequisites:  GE Area A1