AMST 371
Rebels, Guerillas, and Insurgents: Resistance and Repression in US History
Last Offered Spring 2024
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This course examines histories of resistance and repression throughout US history. We will consider the role of militancy in social or revolutionary movements, how states deploy power to respond to those movements, and debates around “violence” and political action. Wide ranging in both chronology and topic, course materials will explore slavery, piracy, indigenous resistance to US continental expansion, the expansion of US empire to places like Hawaii and the Philippines, social movements focused on race, class, gender, sexuality, and citizenship, as well as struggles over environmental justice and indigenous sovereignty. The course will also interrogate the rise of far-right paramilitary violence in the United States and the backlash to the social movements of the 1960s and 70s. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing, and communication, and classes will emphasize engagement with primary sources, cultural texts, and different forms of media.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3560
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Assignments will include participatory discussion, short papers, a midterm, and a final exam.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Preference for upper-level (Junior/Senior) students, and students that have taken introductory courses in American Studies, History, and other Humanities disciplines
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course focuses on resistance to different forms of inequality throughout US history. Students will gain a greater understanding of how race, gender, sexuality, class, and citizenship have been debated, contested, and reified through processes of resistance and repression. The course materials will seek to highlight the voices of groups and individuals that have often been left out of mainstream historical narratives.
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST pre-1900 Requirement
AMST Space and Place Electives

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