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African American History Intro spring 2010

African American History Intro spring 2010 - African...

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African American History HIST 242 “Failure is not a crime. The crime is not trying.” - Ron Dellums
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This won’t be your typical African American history class. Ø Front-loading recent history Ø We won’t be doing things in strictly chronological order Ø There are a number of current issues that we’ll be inserting along the way. Ø What you will be required to do. Ø Read Ø Think Analytically / Critically Ø Write Ø The Syllabus as contract
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Our TVs are not black and white. Why do define race relations that way? “In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” -- Toni Morrison The construction of race in America Race is not an ancient concept; we make it up as we go The roots of the idea of race are in colonialism Diversity is not binary; how did race become defined as “you’re either white or you’re not?” North American English and the “one drop rule.” American exceptionalism and race The Watershed of 2008
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