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HIST 225: James Baldwin and Black Lives Matter

This seminar is an inquiry into James Baldwin’s rich political and cultural thought that animates racial justice demands that take shape under conditions of domination. Armed with critical tools from history, but also cultural studies and queer theory, we seek to understand connections between the civil rights/black power era in the 1950s and ‘60s and the Black Lives Matter movement of our time. Baldwin is an exemplar of critical conversations about black death by police in Cleveland, Chicago, Ferguson, and the Twin Cities and the disentanglement between Martin Luther King’s dream and the American Dream.
6 credits; HI, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2021-2022