Race State: Race, Public Policy, and the Making of the New Deal State Since 1930|
Spring 2010 not offered
HIST 284, AMST 254|
This course examines the role of race in the conceptualization and execution of public policy in 20th-century American history. The course begins in the Great Depression with the construction of a racialized welfare state, then moves to the questions of an integrated military, school integration and the role of the courts, the creation of hyper-segregated metropolitan areas, the racialization of crime, voting rights, and busing, affirmative action, and the role of the state providing educational opportunity in a "post"-civil rights America. We will also consider important studies of race that shaped the policy discourse in the United States, including Myrdal's AMERICAN DILEMMA, the Kerner Commission Report, and William Julius Wilson's writings on race and class.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Readings include: Self, AMERICAN BABYLON, Graham, CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE PRESIDENCY, Sullivan, DAYS OF HOPE, Scott, CONTEMPT AND PITY, Lassiter, SILENT MAJORITY.
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Assignments include several short response papers and two longer analytical essays.
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This is a discussion-oriented seminar. Class participation is a crucial component of the course.
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