Course Number: AMST 13184-2
Instructor: Korey Garibaldi
The reputation of the United States as a leading promoter of individual liberty is built on faith in its establishment of a representative democracy in the late eighteenth century. By 1965, this system would expand to outlaw discrimination based on race, religion, sex, and national origin. This course brings debates and struggles over the possibilities and limits of equality and inequality—broadly rather than narrowly defined—to the center of U.S. history and culture. Moving from St. John de Crèvecœur’s “What is an American?” (1782), and ending with readings on the nation’s first gay pride parades (1970), we will examine distinct and overlapping histories of inclusion and exclusion that will include topics such as: universal suffrage for adult white males, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, “nativist” discrimination against Irish Catholics, slavery and abolition, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Jim Crow segregation laws, the women’s rights movement, Mexican-American “repatriation,” and the American Dream. In addition to three short writing assignments connecting two or more course readings, students will develop a final paper based on course readings.