HIST 615: Problems in American History

HIST 615-008: US/South Africa Compared History
(Fall 2017)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

Innovation Hall 316

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course explores the comparative histories of South Africa and the United States.  From the 1700s to 1800s, a growing number of indigenous and immigrant groups in South Africa and the United States resisted settler rule, as the legacies of slavery increasingly defined the rights of “European” and “non-European” populations.  With widening global networks in the twentieth century, the identities of indigenous, settler and immigrant peoples continued to evolve.  At this time, transnational movements such as Ethiopianism and Garveyism brought the two societies closer together in far-reaching struggles against legalized racism.  Indeed, more and more South Africans and Americans recognized what they shared in common: white supremacy. By the 1940s, the South Africa state had come to embrace apartheid while the US government edged away from segregation.  Our seminar focuses on scholarship that examines these intersecting and divergent paths.  Along the way, we consider whether national comparisons deepen or distort our historical understandings of South Africa and the United States.


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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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