American Ethnic Studies
AES 354 Racial Justice Movements in the United States (1)
Since the earliest stages of U.S. "nation-building," principles or white supremacy have been woven into the fabric of U.S. society. This course explores some of the most significant movements in U.S. history that sought to resist this dominant racial ideology and to promote social justice. It also considers some of the lesser-known protest efforts in which smaller coalitions of engaged people helped to build a culture of resistance and ultimately transform society. Students will analyze why, how and with what consequence movements for racial justice emanate, gain momentum, and ultimately seed new social struggle. Through examining social resistance, they will consider how movements for racial justice--historical and contemporary--contribute to identity construction, the re-writing of a "people's history," social justice struggles, and the reclamation of democracy. Closed to first-year students.