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.
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.
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%