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Semester 2 - Dual-Delivery
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The understanding of race in the Americas has changed over time, but in different ways race has been a crucial line of division in American societies since the sixteenth century.The subject begins and ends in the present, but circles back to survey the history of race in the Americas over centuries. The history of Afro-descended peoples in the Americas, especially the US, from slavery through the eras of legal segregation, the civil rights era and beyond, forms a central strand in the subject, both because of its own importance and because the black experience has at many times affected how other racial minorities have been understood and treated throughout the Western Hemisphere. We will also study Native American and indigenous history, from the treaty-making frontier to the era of assimilation and beyond, examining the differing racial perspectives emerging out of Latin America, and survey Asian American history. The history of whiteness throughout the region, including the history of the procession of immigrant groups seeking assimilation into the category of white Americans in the US but also nations such as Argentina, will also be a theme. The subject concludes with reflections on how changing demographics throughout the region, but particularly in the US, have been celebrated and criticised in the first decades of the 21st century.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- have an enhanced understanding of African American, Native American, Asian American and Hispanic history and of the issues they has raise about race in US national life;
- have demonstrated an ability to undertake guided independent research on a topic in the history of race in US history;
- have an enhanced understanding of the major interpretive debates about the history of race in America;
- have an enhanced understanding of the extent of change and continuity over the long history of race in America; and
- have demonstrated an ability to communicate historical arguments in writing and orally.
Last updated: 9 September 2021