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American Race Relations

Course Number: 
HIS-321
Minimum Credits: 
3
This course surveys events in United States history, from the colonial era to the present, that suggest the racial underpinnings of American culture and society and explores how race interacts with class, gender, ethnicity, religion and culture. A primary objective is for students to understand the historical reality of American multiculturalism. Students examine the history of Native "Indian" Americans, African-Americans, Asian and Western and Eastern European immigrants and their descendants, in colonial and national contexts. Topics covered include conquest, assimilation, slavery, ethnicity, eugenics, and the modern civil rights movements. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the development and values of Western and non-Western cultures and the interrelations between people, systems, and social forces. This course fulfills the Cultural Perspectives requirement of the Doane Plan. Offered alternate fall terms.