School of History

HST5317 - Race in the United States: Slavery To Civil Rights

Module code: HST5317

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Noam Maggor

This QMUL Model module is a survey of race relations in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. It focuses primarily on African-American history especially plantation slavery, the causes of the Civil War, Reconstruction, segregation, turn-of-the-century race reform, the migration north, Black Nationalism, and the Civil Rights Movement. The module will also examine government policy toward Native Americans, European immigration and the making of whiteness, Hispanos and U.S. imperial expansion, the impact of Asian immigration, and nativist initiatives including the Ku Klux Klan. During the course of the module, students will work collaboratively to research and orally present on one of the three organisations of the civil rights movement (the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and the Nation of Islam). Students will reflect on African/American race relations, and think about race as an analytical category and, more specifically, as a historical construction.

Assessment: Essay (2,000 words) [50%] and Take Home Exam (2,000 words) [50%]
Level: 5