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Race and the Law in America
AFAM 312
Spring 2008 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 342, HIST 322

This course examines the construction of racial identity in the American legal system from the colonial period to the present. Throughout American history, the law has reinforced popular racial prejudices and distinctions held by the public at large. However, it has also played a major role in constructing racial hierarchy. In fact, this class will argue that the law has been one of the primary tools for creating race in America. Topics to be covered include race and the origins of American slavery; whiteness and working-class identity; gender, race, and the expansion of suffrage; the creation of de jure segregation in the era of Jim Crow; and the dismantling of that system in the latter half of the 20th century. We will also explore how ideas about integration, race-blind social policies, and affirmative action continue to spur debate in the 21st century.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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