The Color Line, Resistance & Reparations (S)


The subject. This seminar examines the oppressive role of race and ethnicity in American society from the early colonial period to the present, resistance to it, and the moral case for reparations. It will focus on the experiences of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos. Seminar objectives. Students are expected to become (1) familiar with the history of racial and ethnic stratification in the United States as well as of resistance to it, (2) enabled to pursue that history on their own, and (3) capable of appraising relevant scholarship and public policies. The seminar. Each seminar session will begin with a presentation by a seminar member, designed to promote discussion. A schedule will be developed after the first seminar meeting. Readings will mainly be drawn from the following texts: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States (Beacon Press 2014) Juan Gonzalez, Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America (Revised Edn, Penguin 2011) Thomas C. Holt, Children of Fire: A History of African Americans (Hill & Wang 2010). Shelley Sang-Hee Lee, A New History of Asian America (Routledge 2014) Additional readings will be available on our Blackboard Learn web site. Required writing: a term paper, with draft, on a topic that is proposed and approved. Topic proposals with preliminary bibliographies are due Friday, October 20th. Conferences will be scheduled to discuss topic proposals. Complete and polished drafts of 4,000-5,000 words are due Friday, November 17th. Conferences will be scheduled to discuss revisions of the draft. Revised papers of 5,000-6,000 words are due Friday, December 15th. Grades will be based primarily on the final version of the term paper, with some consideration given to class participation. LIMITED WRITING REQUIREMENT OPTION: A limited number of students may be permitted to satisfy the upper-class writing requirement with this class. LAW ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 8 students. GRADING NOTICE: This class does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Fall 2017: LAW JD 878 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
A1David B. Lyons3Wed2:10 pm - 4:10 pmLAW508