HIST 443
Slavery, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
Last Offered Spring 2008
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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At times in this century African Americans have looked to Brazil and other Latin-American countries as a sort of racial paradise, where people of color did not suffer the same brutal prejudice and violence that they faced in the U.S. Especially since the 1930s, on the other hand, some Latin Americans of African descent have admired the force, consciousness, and independence of Black movements in the U.S., wishing they could construct similar organizations in their own countries. Although they might at first seem contradictory, these attitudes are rather reflections of the complex and subtle differences in the systems of race relations that have developed historically in the Americas. Instead of wondering which group of observers was more correct in its analysis of the other’s country, we will in this seminar try to see how each group was both right and wrong in its judgment and how the history of their home society shaped their attitudes toward other countries. To do this, we will explore the historical roots of race relations and politics in Latin America from the beginnings of slavery through its abolition; the changing constructions of indigenous ethnicities; and on to the emergence of new Black Movements and other race-based political currents in Colombia, Brazil, and throughout the region.
The Class: Format: seminar
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, weekly reading responses, and a final paper
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group D Electives - Latin America + Caribbean
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
INST Latin American Studies Electives

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