Spring 2009

Topics in African American History: Race and Educational Opportunity in America

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-67  |  History, as HIST-82


Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)


(US; or may be included in AF concentration, but not AF for distribution in the major) (Also Black Studies 67.) This seminar is an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between race and educational opportunity in American history. Students will gain a historical understanding of the divergent educational experiences of various groups within American society. The course is divided into four units: ethnicity and educational access in early America, education and segregation in Jim Crow America, desegregation (implementation and opposition) after Brown v. Board of Education, and contemporary discussions over race and access to education. In the first section of the course, students will pay special attention to trends including northern and southern resistance to African American education, education as assimilation, and vocational vs. classical education. Next, they will delve into twentieth- and twenty-first-century issues involving race and education. For example, they will examine how specific communities-northern, southern, and western-grappled with the desegregation process. Finally, students will assess the extent to which desegregation has been achieved and the transformative effects of this policy on public schools. One class meeting per week. Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Moss.