Race, Property, and Capitalism

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Race, Property, & Capitalism

Fall 2019

Taught By: Alexander Manevitz

Section: A

CRN: 7426

Credits: 4

How could Americans agree on the meaning and significance of property when they couldn’t even agree about whether it was acceptable to treat human beings as property? How did southern plantation management techniques, including torturing enslaved people, create the basis of labor practices in northern factories (and even Amazon fulfillment centers today)? How did transatlantic chocolate merchants invent marketing schemes and facilitate imperial expansion by erasing indigenous knowledge? And why is the rent in New York City so high? Early Americans invented, contested, and reinvented the meaning of property during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and these changes reflected the massive economic, social, and political upheavals of the young United States, and continue to shape our understandings of property today. Using the social relationships of property as a framework to connect diverse topics, this course will examine major themes in American history and the ever-changing role of capitalism. This first half of this course will deal with the most influential property relationship in colonial and early America: the enslavement of human beings and enslaved people’s resistance to bondage. In the second half of the course, we will widen our scope to consider other types of property in land, ideas, and nature, analyzing how they came to be defined, controlled, and traded.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:36am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019