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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2005

T C 357 • Race and Race Relations in the Twentieth Century-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42675 W
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
CRD 007B

Course Description

Civil rights struggles, racial conflict, and immigration restriction characterize every decade of U.S. history, which suggests both the strengths and the weaknesses of democratic governance and institutions and the ways in which ordinary citizens have continually sought to deepen and broaden the meaning of democracy. The study of race and civil rights struggles in the U.S., however, is often limited to the African American Civil Rights Movement from the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. This course will explore civil rights beyond the usual narrative of the Civil Rights Movement to include race relations, immigration, and civil rights struggles before 1955 and after 1965. We will examine racial conflicts, and civil rights struggles of Latinos, Asian Americans, immigrants, as well as those who opposed laws forbidding interracial marriage. In examining literature at the intersection of race, race relations, immigration, and civil rights, we will consider different methodological approaches, narrative strategies, and source materials that shape the way historians conceptualize race and the meaning of civil rights in twentieth-century U.S.

About the Professor Neil Foley is associate professor of history and American Studies. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American Culture in 1990 from the University of Michigan. He also earned an M.A. in English and American literature from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. Professor Foleys teaching interests include race and ethnicity in the U.S.; 20th century racial politics; borderlands history; histories of immigration, civil rights, the American West, and the U.S. South and Southwest; and cultural history. His first book, The White Scourge: Mexicans, Blacks, and Poor Whites in Texas Cotton Culture (Berkeley 1997), examines Texas as a racial crossroads where the U.S. South, with its black-white racial hierarchy, first encountered the Hispanic Southwest, with its Anglo-Mexican racial dyad. In the Texas borderlands between Mexico, the South, and the American West, two racial orders with vastly different historical trajectories came into collision with each other resulting in new racial formations and changes in the ideology of white supremacy. The book won seven awards. He is now writing a book on civil rights struggles in Texas after World War II. Professor Foley took the scenic route to graduate school, having spent 9 years in Europe and Asia before deciding what he wanted to be when he grew up. Right after college he worked on Capitol Hill for a senator for two years, and then he left the country to live on aircraft carriers for two years in the Mediterranean Sea where, as a civilian instructor, he taught Shakespeare classes and American literature to fighter pilots and their crews. Foley enjoys running, research, writing, reading, and even being an administrator (associate dean of Liberal Arts). He has three young daughtersSabina, Bianca, and Sophiaand enjoys being a soccer dad.

Grading Policy

This course contains a substantial writing component. Two short papers (5 pages): 40% One long paper (15-20 pages): 40% Oral presentation: 10% Participation/Attendance: 10%


Gary Gerstle, Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century Gary Okihiro, Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America Daniel Rodgers, Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882 Ronald Takaki, Double Victory: A Multicultural History of America in World War II Zargosa Vargas, Labor Rights Are Civil Rights Other reading will include articles and federal court cases.


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