Racism and concurrent racist policies, laws, events and histories have been a defining feature of American history. But so have antiracist figures and communities that challenge those racist trends and push for an alternative vision of America. In this class, we’ll trace five case studies focusing on both racism and antiracism in American history.
ZOOM LINK: Available on website to paid and registered members
CLASS LIMIT: 95
INSTRUCTOR: Benjamin Railton is a Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University and the author of six books. Recently he published Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism, 2021. He maintains a daily blog, contributes articles to many sites including the monthly Saturday Evening Post Considering History column and is a Boston chapter leader of the Scholars Strategy Network organization at https://scholars.org/.
OPTIONAL BOOKS: Isabel Wilkerson, Caste; Ibram Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning; Erika Lee, America for Americans; David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee; Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States
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