HISTORY 491 - Topics in History: HistoryLabs II
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Race, Local History, and Sundown Towns
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

In this research seminar, students will research and write about the racial histories of small towns in the U.S. We will focus especially on suspected “sundown towns.” Sundown towns refer to places where residents drove out or actively excluded specific groups from residing there (from being in a town after sunset) through ordinances, signs, and acts of violence. Sundown towns excluded Black people, and in some cases, Chinese Americans, Jewish people, and other racialized groups. Since the 19th century, these towns have been prevalent throughout the U.S. and especially in the Midwest, West, and East. Students will conduct research into these towns and work collaboratively to contribute their findings to a website devoted to documenting the history of sundown towns. Students will also research and write about the racial past of a town they choose, exploring the racial groups and interracial interactions in that place. We will research local records, including in libraries and archives, census records, local histories, and oral histories. Public-facing goals include educating the public about sundown towns and working with local communities on how to respond to these troubling histories through acknowledgment and through concrete steps toward racial justice in their communities.

Course Requirements:

Research in local history; written historical narrative of a town; collaborative work on a website.

Intended Audience:

History majors and minors; advanced undergraduates in American Culture, DAAS, RC, and other departments; students interested in public history and social justice work. Interested students should contact the professor directly at sberrey@umich.edu.

Schedule

HISTORY 491 - Topics in History: HistoryLabs II
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
29761
Closed
0
 
1
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
32520
Open
9
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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