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Jack Turner Iii
POL S 316
Seattle Campus

African-American Political and Social Thought

Race relations in U.S. politics as defined by the struggle of African Americans for economic, political, and social equality. Studies of African-American political and social thought; expands and clarifies our understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of American democratic ideals.

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A survey of African American political thought from the nineteenth century to the present. Thinkers and themes include Frederick Douglass on slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction; Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois on post-emancipation America; Marcus Garvey and black nationalism; Ralph Ellison on individuality; Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Pauli Murray on civil rights and black power; Clarence Thomas and black conservatism; Cornel West on post-civil-rights-era predicaments; and Melissa Harris-Perry on gender, race, shame, and citizenship.

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Last Update by Jack Turner Iii
Date: 04/26/2012