HIS 350L • US Race, Culture, and Segregation-W
This course offers a close examination of racial segregation in the United States and its effects on American culture. More than a series of laws limiting African-American mobility and civil rights, segregation deeply shaped every aspect of American identity. From ideas about white womanhood and masculinity to visions of black autonomy, from Tejano labor organizing to Harlem nightlife, from the marketing of popular music to theories of racial difference in the social sciences: American society was affected at every turn by the fact or fantasy of separate racial communities and cultures. We will explore the history of Jim Crow segregation in the South from the late nineteenth century through its official defeat in the 1960s and beyond, paying particular attention to how Jim Crow molded cultural expression and racial ideology in the South and throughout the nation. We also will discuss depictions of racial difference and distance in American music, film, and scholarship, exploring how legal and extra-legal segregation was supported or challenged on the cultural front. Dual emphasis will be placed on the everyday experience of racial segregation and the rhetorical power of Jim Crow within the national consciousness.
Three 2-3 page reaction papers to weekly readings (20%), class participation (30%), a 15 page term paper on an approved topic chosen by the student (50%). Students will be required to turn in a bibliography and ungraded draft of the final paper.
C. Van Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow Grace Elizabeth Hale, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Lee Baker, From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 Kathy Ogren, The Jazz Revolution: Twenties America and the Meaning of Jazz Earl Lewis, In Their Own Interest: Race, Class, and Power in Twentieth-Century Norfolk, Virginia Americo Paredes, "With His Pistol in His Hand": A Border Ballad and Its Hero Mamie Garvin Fields, Lemon Swamp and Other Places A course packet of selected essays. Films and music screened in class will be available on reserve