AMST 416 Spring 2015 U.S. Settler Colonialism and Empire (D)

Cross Listed as HIST361
Colonialism in American history is too often regarded as a finite period ending with independence or the "closing of the frontier," but as Patrick Wolfe argues, "settler colonialism is a structure, not an event." This seminar debunks the myth of the US as an "empire of liberty," and delves into a new generation of scholarship that frames settler colonialism and imperialism as deep-seated organizing principles that have characterized the United States since its founding. We approach settler colonialism as an enduring set of power relations and governmental practices that uphold Euro-American domination and seek to eliminate Indigenous power. The course covers topics such as: ideas of Manifest Destiny, military conquests of Native peoples, the shifting role of the US throughout the world during the twentieth century, mass incarceration as a means of social control, the post-9/11 Global War on Terrorism, the colonial present in Indian Country, and Indigenous decolonization movements and their global parallels.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon participation in discussions of weekly readings, short reviews, and a final paper that is 12-15 pages
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: American Studies majors and History majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST 400-level Senior Seminars,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3049
AMST 416 - 01 (S) SEM US Settler Colonialism/Empire (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Doug Kiel
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 114 3049
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