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HIST 442 The Politics of Racial Injustice in the United States

HIST 442.  The Politics of Racial Injustice in the United States.  3 Credits.     

In this course, students will examine, in detail, four historical eras in which the American people struggled over anti-Black racial injustice in the United States. While the role and efficacy of social change movements and grass-roots activism in that struggle will be analyzed, the course will emphasize political, policy, and institutional responses and remedies to the problem of American racism. In particular, discussions, readings, and assignments will evaluate the successes and failures of specific legislative, judicial, administrative, and organizational interventions. How and why these responses developed and fared as they did-as well as the debates over their efficacy-will be the focal point of this course. (Same as AAAS 442.)

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in History

History does not just narrate a sequence of past events. The practice of history examines change over time and tries to understand the forces that contributed to those changes. Historians are most interested in questions that begin by asking ‘why’ or ‘how.’ These questions demand complex answers about who we are, how we have come to where we are, and what forces have shaped humanity through time.