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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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Activism and Curriculum

Activism and Curriculum

(p.95) 12 Activism and Curriculum
The Critical Pulse

Paul Lauter

Columbia University Press

This chapter recounts the author's work in the civil rights movement, particularly how his mild impulses toward political activism annealed into what might be called a credo. He realized that by participating in action for change he could come to understand why things happen as they do. He also believes that the problems of racism and sexism cannot be substantially addressed without bringing black and female presence into curricula and textbooks. In light of this, he describes a project called “Reconstructing American Literature” (RAL), an organizing effort aimed at supporting and mobilizing those faculty and students desiring to give a new definition to “American literature,” opening that category to the many female and minority writers who had almost entirely been relegated to the margins.

Keywords:   civil rights movement, activism, political activism, racism, sexism, Reconstructing American Literature

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