HIST 459
Jim Crow: American Apartheid
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AFR 459 / HIST 459
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Between 1865 and 1965 white Americans developed and deployed a set of practices that sanctioned racial discrimination. Jim Crow–as this American system of apartheid was called–is one of the least studied aspects of U. S. History. This course explores the law, cultural, economics, and politics of Jim Crow; the dynamics of racialized power; and the roles of media and history in sustaining racial inequality. Informed by how segregation operated to construct and sustain differences, it qualifies as an Exploring Diversity Initiative course by linking the issue of diversity to the issue of power relations, investigating how American institutions enabled and maintained racial disparities despite constitutional guarantees, and considering how the legacy of racial discrimination affects current domestic issues like public education, affirmative action, and the persistence of poverty. In addition to covering race theory in historical context, the course suggests that current scientific ideas about race–that there are no consequential biological differences among humans–is a recent discovery. Finally, the course examines the discrete development of black communities, institutions, politics, and racial destiny.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10-15
Class#: 3626
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation and two shorter assignments leading up to a longer research paper
Enrollment Preferences: junior and senior History majors
Unit Notes: meets Group F requirement in History major only if registration is under HIST
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 459 Division II HIST 459 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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  • HIST 459 - SEM Jim Crow
    HIST 459 SEM Jim Crow
    Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
    Not offered

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