SYLLABUS: Introduction to Historical Studies: Atlanta

Primary Sources: The Sit-Ins at Leb’s Restaurant


This course introduces students to ways of thinking about how historians “do” history, and teaches them how to do it themselves. I have organized the class around the history of Atlanta. For our final project, students contribute substantive independent research to a course website, called History of Our Streets, which maps interesting places and historical events located all over downtown Atlanta. This assignment requires students to find, analyze, and write about historical primary sources. In the first part of this assignment, the class will communally assemble a library of primary sources relating to the civil rights protests at Leb’s Restaurant in downtown Atlanta in 1963-64. I assign this paper in an undergraduate course geared toward history majors.


Marni Davis - History, Georgia State University

Marni Davis – History, Georgia State University