Race, Ethnicity, and National Identity in Modern America, 1865-2016

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Identity in Modern America

Summer 2019

Taught By: Amanda Bellows

Section: A

CRN: 1871

Credits: 3

This course explores the changing definitions of American identity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The end of the U.S. Civil War in 1865 heralded the onset of a transformative era shaped by the abolition of slavery, post-emancipation social absorption, and increased rural-to-urban migration and immigration. America’s social fabric changed dramatically as the nation’s citizenry grew increasingly diverse. Key events like the passage of anti-immigration legislation, the early twentieth-century resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan, race riots, Japanese internment during World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the election of Donald Trump attest to constant tensions between different social groups. This course will examine the fluctuating power dynamics between majority and minority peoples and assess how Americans have historically responded to social changes through political activism and economic actions. Students will also assess the role of cultural production in shaping popular attitudes about race, ethnicity, and national identity.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 4:25am 10/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 6/3/2019 - 8/4/2019