Wed 11.25.15 | Black Slaves, Indians, and the US Colonial Project

Barbara Krauthamer, Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South UNC Press, 2013

Alyosha Goldstein, ed., Formations of United States Colonialism Duke University Press, 2014

Willis and Krauthamer, Envisioning Emancipation Temple University Press, 2013

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Notions of racial hierarchy abounded in the early nineteenth century as missionaries tried to convert Native Americans, federal officials sought to seize Indian lands, and Indians in the southern US bought, sold, and owned black slaves. Barbara Krauthamer relates what happened when people of different races, agendas, and social status encountered one another in the shadow of the US colonial project. (Encore presentation.)

Tues 11.03.15 | The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy

Daniel Geary, Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015





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When the Moynihan Report was released fifty years ago, it sparked an explosive debate as well as a long-running controversy, one that persists to the present day. What did the document say about African American life, and why did William F. Buckley, Dr. King, and Michael Harrington all praise its message? Daniel Geary describes the report's impact on the way people think and talk about race and inequality in the US.

Mon 9.07.15 | A. Philip Randolph, Black Socialist

Kersten and Lang, eds., Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph NYU Press, 2015

Eric Arnesen, Brotherhoods of Color Harvard U. Press, 2001

Eric Arnesen, The Black Worker U. of Illinois Press, 2007

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A. Philip Randolph famously led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, but he did much more than that. Eric Arnesen traces Randolph's emergence as a militant socialist at a time when few Blacks were attracted to the Socialist Party and its emphasis on class. Arnesen also discusses Randolph's relationship with Eugene Debs and W. E. B. Du Bois.

Wed 8.26.15 | Race, Privilege, and Food Justice

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Food justice activists sometimes set up gardens in low-income communities. Margaret Ramírez studied a pair of food organizations in Seattle, including one led by Rev. Robert Jeffrey. Ramírez describes how the racial makeup of the staffers, the legacy of plantation slavery, and the gentrifying momentum created by "white spaces" affected what the two groups were able to accomplish.

Tues 8.25.15| The Making of American Capitalism

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While it may appear an inevitability, how did capitalism come to take hold in the US? Was slave production in the American South actually capitalist or something else? What was the nature of the Civil War and the emergence of sharecropping in the conflict's wake? Marxist sociologist Charles Post weighs in on these questions, which have been hotly debated for many years on the left, with significant consequences for how we see capitalism's permanence and the nature of racial oppression today.

Mon 8.10.15 | Blacks and the Master/Slave Relation

Frank Wilderson, III, Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid South End Press, 2008

Frank Wilderson, III, Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms Duke U. Press, 2010

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Frank Wilderson, III, believes that all Blacks are slaves, by which he means that every Black person is socially dead and continuously vulnerable to gratuitous (as opposed to reasoned) violence. Wilderson puts all non-Blacks into the category of the "master," whose sense of human integrity and coherence is maintained precisely by the denigration and physical domination of Blacks.

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