AMST387RW-1: GA Civil Rights Cold Cases

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:00pm - 4:30pm
Woodruff Library 214
Klibanoff, Henry

In the years between 1945 and 1968, untold numbers of American citizens were targeted for death because of their race, beliefs, or civil rights work – and in some cases merely because of what they drove, how they spoke, or the ever-shifting lines of racial etiquette they crossed. In many cases, their murders were inadequately investigated or prosecuted, their stories left untold, and the crimes against their humanity never punished. The Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project at Emory University is both a class and an ongoing historical and journalistic exploration of the Jim Crow South through the prism of unsolved or unpunished civil rights-era murders in Georgia. Using primary evidence – including FBI records, NAACP files, old newspaper clippings, court transcripts, and personal archives – students come to see and understand history from the inside out. Student essays, grounded in secondary readings that provide broader context, will be aimed at the project website,, which was launched in early 2015. Students should budget for photocopying.

NOTE: This course is not open to first-year students.

This is a permission course and students, including AAS/AMST/HIST students, must fill out an application form. Applications are available at the Creative Writing Program office (N209 Callaway). E-mail applications are only accepted if you are not on campus this semester (i.e., study abroad, semester off, at Oxford College, etc.) or are mobility impaired. Students meeting those conditions should e-mail Paula Vitaris at for more information and an application form.

Please e-mail to inquire about open courses. ***OPUS is NOT an accurate picture of availability*** as students who have been accepted into a class may have not yet pre-registered or added in.

The list of accepted students is posted online at: If you have been accepted into a Creative Writing workshop, you must request a permission number from Paula Vitaris at You may also call (404-727-4683) or go to the Program office in N209 Callaway Center to obtain the permission number.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.