LEAD 270
Sport and the Global Color Line Fall 2021
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AFR 270 / HIST 270
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Throughout the twentieth century, African Americans have broken racial barriers, confronted racial stereotypes, and garnered unprecedented success within popular culture, most notably sport. In this course, students will explore the relationship of the black athlete to the color line. We will complicate the historical view of sport as a site of professional advancement and race reform by demonstrating how societal racial practices were reconstructed within athletics. In essence, this course will emphasize the role sport performed in structuring racial exclusion as athletic arenas–like movie theaters, railroads, schools, and other public sites–shaped what Historian Grace Elizabeth Hale has termed the “culture of segregation.” Though our primary focus will be on the experiences African Americans encountered, we will also probe the color line beyond its typical black-white binary. Thus, we will examine the achievements and altercations that other ethnic and racial groups realized in their transnational push for equality and inclusion.
The Class: Format: lecture; Lecture and discussion.
Limit: 40
Expected: 25
Class#: 1629
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be graded on class participation and will have two take-home midterm essay examination (4-6 pages). In addition, students will write two or three response papers (2-3 pages) and a final research paper.
Prerequisites: None.
Enrollment Preferences: Open to all students with completion of course admission survey if overenrolled.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 270 Division II AFR 270 Division II HIST 270 Division II
DPE Notes: This course will prompt students to evaluate the commercialization and commodification, perceptions and portrayals of minority athletes in popular media forms. Students will trace the emerging ideas, shifts, and trends in the depiction of race and in the process of racialization.

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