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Spring 2012-2013
* AMS 342 / HIS 442 (HA)   na, npdf

Race, Racism and Politics in Twentieth-Century America

Kevin M. Kruse

In this seminar, we will explore the relationship between race, racism and politics throughout twentieth-century America. Topics will include segregation; immigration and assimilation; the role of racial politics in World War II and the Cold War; the civil rights movement and white massive resistance; Black Power and the white backlash; and contemporary politics up to the election of Barack Obama.

Sample reading list:
Leon Litwack, Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow
John Higham, Strangers in the Land
John W. Dower, War Without Mercy
Mary L. Dudziak, Cold War Civil Rights
Howell Raines, My Soul is Rested
Kevin M. Kruse, White Flight

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignments will average 300 pp. The writing assignments will consist of one short paper (3-5 pp.) analysing a week's readings due before spring break and a longer research paper (15-20 pp.) on a topic of the student's choosing due on Dean's Date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43024 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Dickinson Hall   211   Enrolled:15 Limit:12 Closed