HIST 389: Topics in US. History.

HIST 389-009: Memory, Mourning and Racial Violence in America
(Spring 2019)

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR

Robinson Hall B124

Section Information for Spring 2019

How have Americans remembered acts of racial violence against individuals and whole communities? How does race shape memory? Who is mourned and who is forgotten? How have Americans negotiated issues of racial memory and national identity? These questions and others continue to affect our lives today. 

Our goal is to examine historical and contemporary issues of racial violence that shape memory and mourning in America. In this course, we will do this by listening to the voices and perspectives of people who lived through and experienced racial violence firsthand. We will examine, through oral history, fiction, archival documents, and films how acts of racial violence affected individuals and communities. This course will foreground the African American experience, center themes of freedom and citizenship, and challenge students to think about how the memory of slavery, lynching, and race riots shaped generations of African Americans. Our readings will also encourage us to consider Charleston, Ferguson, and Charlottesville as sites of racial violence and mourning. Students will examine how the histories we remember, the lives we mourn, and the stories we tell, shape our understanding of the past, our perception of the present, and the future we hope to create. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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