CAAS 104 - First Year Humanities Seminar
Section: 001 Interracial America
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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?"

CAAS 104 - First Year Humanities Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
3Enrollment Management
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with AC 103.002
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 002: Meets with History 197.001.
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