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EXPANDED
ETHS 064
Mixed Race Descent in the Americas

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This course is an introductory course that examines the historical and theoretical development of multiracial and multiethnic communities.  How racially mixed people define themselves or are defined by others is a topic of discussion in the academy, in Senate hearings, in literature, and in films.  Rather than assuming a one-dimensional definition of themselves, racially mixed peoples are voicing the demand to be seen in all aspects of their heritage.

This course will examine the historical evolution of such terms as the “marginal man,” and the “150% man,” to understand the present concerns of racial and ethnic typecasting.  How are mixed race people treated and/or described in various communities?  What are the effects of relocation programs that moved American Indians to urban areas and the accompanying increase of intermarriages?  What is the legacy of miscegenation and slavery among African American communities?  How has intermarriage been affected by such atrocities as the Holocaust and Japanese internment camps?  What groups have the highest percentage of outmarriages?  Is there a color “hierarchy” in some communities?

PROVISIONAL TEXTS:
Intranet Reader.
As We Are Now: Mixedblood Essays on Race and Identity.  William S.
Penn (ed.), 1998
Mixed Race Studies: A ReaderJayne O. Ifekwunigwe (ed.) 2004

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Class participation/discussion (10%).
Short literature review (5%).
Annotated bibliography (5%).
Midterm examination (25%).
Analytic Review (25%).
Final examination (30).

Offered Fall 2015

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