Topics in African-American Studies: The Struggle for Black Reparations

AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 2154

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to understand reparations. Drawing on histories of injustice, newspaper articles, economic analyses of the cost of reparations, Senate hearings, and H.R. bill 40, we will interrogate the historical and contemporary impact of white supremacy and anti-Blackness on African American life that drive demands for redress. The course readings are divided into three parts: we will examine slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the contemporary moment to understand how the U.S. government, often in partnership with the private sector, has exploited African Americans. This course will also challenge us to evaluate varying reparation models, debates regarding its feasibility, and grapple with what true liberation looks like for Black people today.
Course Attributes: AS HUM; AS SC

Section 01

Topics in African-American Studies: The Struggle for Black Reparations
INSTRUCTOR: Dennis
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