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HIST 4552 Race, Rights and the Law (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course is organized around a question recently raised by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: What role should the long dark history and the contemporary reality of racism in the United States play in the Court’s decision making? Students will explore the checkered relationship between race, rights - both civil and criminal - and the law, beginning with slavery and culminating with the so-called Ferguson effect. Students will read, discuss and write about major Court decisions, look behind the law for evidence of cultural and political bias, and note how American politicians and jurists have "played the race card."

Instructor(s): Alan Rogers

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II.

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Last Updated: 09-Feb-18