AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Section: 002 Interracial America
Term: FA 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine the interaction between different racial groups in the U.S. from the 19th century to our present moment. Conventionally, such studies focus solely on the relationship between African Americans and whites, relying on the hackneyed Black-white paradigm of U.S. race relations. This seminar explodes that dichotomy, searching for a broader historical model, which includes yellow, brown, red, and ethnic white.

  • In other words, how did African Americans respond to the internment of Japanese Americans?
  • What made desegregation cases like Mendez v. Westminster important precedents in the run-up to Brown v. Board of Education?
  • What is a “model minority,” and why did Asians inherit the mantle from Jews?
  • What is a “protest minority,” and why were Blacks and Jews labeled as such during the Civil Rights Movement?
  • What is the relationship among Black Power, Yellow Power, the American Indian Movement, and Chicano Power, if any?

We will critically interrogate the history of contact that exists between and among these diverse “groups,” and whether conflict or confluence dominates their interaction. If conflict, what factors have prevented meaningful alliances? If confluence, what roles have these groups played in collectively striving for a multiracial democracy?"

AMCULT 103 - First Year Seminar in American Studies
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
3Enrollment Management
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with CAAS 104.001.
003 (SEM)
3Enrollment Management
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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