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Fall 2013-2014
* AAS 362 / WWS 386 / POL 338 (SA)  

Race and the American Legal Process: Emancipation to the Voting Rights Act

Imani Perry

This course examines the dynamic and often conflicted relationships between African American struggles for inclusion, and the legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making responding to or rejecting those struggles from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In tracing these relationships we will cover issues such as property, criminal law, suffrage, education, and immigration, with a focus on the following theoretical frameworks: equal protection, due process, civic participation and engagement, and political recognition.

Sample reading list:
Charles Payne, I've Got the Light of Freedom
David Oshinsky, Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Rootshock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Affects America
Steven Grant Meyer, As Long as They Don't Move Next Door
Michael Belknap, Federal Law and Southern Order
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
There are weekly reading assignments of books, articles and cases in addition to several films. Students must post a weekly reading response to share with the class on the course webpage, write a 5-7 page midterm paper, and complete an 8-10 page paper due on Dean's Date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Website:  http://www.princeton.edu/africanamericanstudies/

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20451 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   023   Enrolled:35 Limit:70
P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:0 Limit:13
P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B22   Enrolled:0 Limit:13