PSC 278 Special Topics: Race and Ethnicity in US Politics, Past and Present
This course will begin by studying the past incorporation of diverse populations into the US via conquest, slavery, colonization, and immigration. It will move on to explore the ways in which these types of incorporation shaped racial and ethnic identities and political participation. We will focus on the Europeans arriving around the turn of the century, African Americans during the Civil Rights era, and current Hispanics. In the latter half of this course, we will take what we have learned and apply it to research of race, ethnicity and politics in Crawfordsville, employing primary sources to examine the ways by which different ethnic groups have shaped, or been shaped by, local political institutions and practices. The ultimate goal is to be able to compare past patterns of incorporation in Crawfordsville with that of Hispanics in the present.