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Spring 2013
Apr 20,2014
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HIST 316 - GENDER,RACE& AMERICAN POLITICS
When the American political system was created, one's gender and race were the principal factors used to determine who was granted full citizenship rights. White men were allowed to vote without question and became the most priviledged and powerful citizens in the new nation. Yet, that arrangement was questioned from the start as marginalized groups--including women of all races--pushed for equal citizenship and voting rights. This course examines their struggle for political and legal equality by analyzing how both gender and race have impacted American politics and ideas about citizenship over time. We focus on women's participation, or lack thereof, in politics from colonial times through present day. Our goal is to explore how women's political engagement over time has highlighted cultural tensions related to race, motherhood, family life, sexuality, work, and the meaning of citizenship. The class concludes by discussing the historical 2008 presidential election--in which former U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama battled for the Democratic nomination--in order to connect the tensions that contest exposed to what we have studied over the semester. Gender, Race, and American Politics fulfills the 300-level requirement of the History major and the gender and sexuality category of the American Studies major. The course is an elective for the Women's Studies minor.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

History Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality

Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      Undergraduate

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