Anarchy in America: From Haymarket to Black Lives Matter|
Spring 2020 not offered
Anarchism as a political philosophy and practice is an important but little-known aspect of American culture and society. This lecture/discussion course will introduce students to select aspects of anarchist political thought and praxis in the United States and the ways that anarchism has been represented positively, vilified, or dismissed. The class will have three parts: histories; philosophies and theories; and activism. In the history section, we will examine key events and periods from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, including the Haymarket affair; the plot to murder American industrialist Henry Clay Frick; the labor-organizing work of Lucy Parsons; the assassination of President William McKinley; the activism, incarceration, and eventual deportation of Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman; and the execution of Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. In the philosophy and theory segment, we will examine anarchist theory as radical critique and review various political traditions including individualist anarchism, socialist anarchism, anarcha-feminism, black anarchism, queer anarchism, indigenous influences and critiques, and other schools of thought. In the activism section, we will examine the diverse ways, including violent and nonviolent means, by which people mobilize and organize for political change through direct social and political action.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
Colin Ward, ANARCHISM: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION
Steve Shone, AMERICAN ANARCHISM
Andrew Cornell, UNRULY EQUALITY: U.S. ANARCHISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
(Other books to be announced.)
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Major assignments include: two short papers, a mid-term research prospectus, and a final (research-based) anarchist pamphlet.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Student attendance and participation in class discussion and online Moodle discussion forums, as well as occasional homework assignments.
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