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Winter 2013 Class Descriptions

As of 6/21/2018 5:52:55 AM

Race Law Stories

Race Law Stories examines the history of race and law through a critical and multi-layered approach to cases in U.S. legal history. Our central question will be one about the relationship of law to the construction of race and the production of inequality. We will read landmark cases such as Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson. Through the perspectives of critical race theory and critical legal history, we will revisit these cases to understand the social and political contexts out of which they emerged, and the consequences of their outcomes for the parties and the communities from which the cases emanated. We will also move beyond well-studied cases to read new work in the field of law and history that takes us beyond the black-white paradigm to see how legal race-making has also shaped ideas about Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans. Guest speakers will join us to share their work.

2.00 hours