We Were Eight Years in Power: Reconstruction and the Politics of Black Inequality|
Spring 2022 not offered
We Were Eight Years in Power examines the crucible of American democracy by looking at the struggle of African American rights following the Civil War. Debates in the period on the rights of African Americans continue to structure American ideas of race and citizenship to the present day. The foundations of American racial animus and systemic racism date to Reconstruction. We will explore both the periods of Reconstruction (1863-1877) and Redemption (1877-1910), its dark successor that saw the establishment of Jim Crow. We will discuss readings on the promise of interracial rule, Reconstruction in the north, the violent overthrow of racial equality, and the establishment of the color line in American law.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Books May Include:
-Eric Foner, A SHORT HISTORY OF RECONSTRUCTION, Updated Edition.
-Heather Cox Richardson, THE DEATH OF RECONSTRUCTION: RACE, LABOR, AND POLITICS IN THE POST-CIVIL WAR NORTH, 1865-1901.
-LeeAnna Keith, THE COLFAX MASSACRE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK POWER, WHITE TERROR, AND THE DEATH OF RECONSTRUCTION
-Grace Elizabeth Hale, MAKING WHITENESS: THE CULTURE OF SEGREGATION IN THE SOUTH, 1890-1940.
-Tera Hunter, TO 'JOY MY FREEDOM: SOUTHERN BLACK WOMEN'S LIVES AND LABORS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR.
-K. Stephen Prince, RADICAL RECONSTRUCTION: A BRIEF HISTORY WITH DOCUMENTS, Second Edition.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
-Daily Discussion Posts
-Six short reaction papers (1-2 pages)
-Final 8-10 page research paper
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