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The Prison State: Race, Law, and Mass Incarceration in U.S. History
AFAM 271
Fall 2018
Section: 01   02  

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. And people of color make up a highly disproportionate number of the over 2 million individuals incarcerated in the U.S. today. For example, Black people are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of whites. This course will explore the historical causes and origins of the United States' mass incarceration crisis. Beginning with slavery and continuing through the rise of prisons, debt peonage, Jim Crow, and beyond, the course will explore how efforts to police, detain, and control Black bodies have been at the center of U.S law and legal practice since the nation's founding.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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