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Race, Rage, Riots, and Backlash: 20th-Century Protest Movements
CHUM 331
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 303, AFAM 329, AMST 330

This course explores 20th-century protest movements in the United States, with a special focus on the ways in which the visceral racial experiences and emotions of the nation's citizens collided and produced different forms of public rage, rebellion, backlash, and resistance. Using a variety of interdisciplinary primary and secondary documents, we will examine these historical moments to better understand their influence on some of the major political processes of the modern United States. We will also analyze the state's attempt to manipulate and harness racialized community rage. Topics include civil rights, urban uprisings, ethnic and racial nationalism, suburban socioeconomic revolts, religious conservatism, and contemporary political rebellions of the left and the right. How have various protest movements critiqued and shaped modern public institutions and governments? How were these community movements influenced by the calculated maneuvers of the state? Did grassroots rage translate into tangible results and increased power, and if so, for whom?

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Students will develop interpretive skills by analyzing and evaluating a variety of primary and secondary sources. Course participants will work on a semester-long history research paper, which will involve a significant amount of writing.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(LAST)(RELI)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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