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Moon-Ho Jung
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description

RACE RADICALS IN U.S. HISTORY

Race has historically been a means to oppress peoples deemed not white in U.S. history, but it has also served as a powerful organizing tool in movements for social justice. We will explore how African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos organized radical movements around race in the twentieth century, forging social bonds, political analyses, and cultural productions that strove to challenge and transform the status quo.

Student learning goals

To read and discuss texts critically.

To research primary and secondary sources.

To write a research paper with an overarching, explanatory argument.

General method of instruction

In the first half of the quarter, we will read and discuss common secondary and primary texts together, with an eye toward introducing relevant issues and reading historical works critically. The second half of the quarter will be devoted to researching and writing a historical research paper.

Recommended preparation

Interest in the topic.

Class assignments and grading

Two short review essays of assigned texts. One long research paper (about 15 pages).

Class Participation: 30% Review Essays: 30% Research Paper: 40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moon-Ho Jung
Date: 04/28/2010