Posted by: profe | March 27, 2015

WEEK 11: Red Power

This week we will delve deeply into American Indian movements of the 60s and 70s. To begin our discussion on Tuesday, we have two readings on the history of the period. Both are chapters from the book Blood Struggle, by Charles Wilkinson. They are provided to you as DCR 11 and DCR 12. As always, type up and print out your “prep sheet” in relation to these chapters. Be especially mindful about creating questions that are answerable from the source and that will serve as useful points of discussion by the class.

On Thursday we will watch a documentary in class. “Alcatraz is Not An Island” is a film detailing the occupation of Alcatraz, in the San Francisco Bay. You also have a document to read–the “The Alcatraz Proclamation”–provided to you as DCR 13. I will also return your CE 3 assignments in Thursday’s class.

Posted by: profe | March 24, 2015

DISCUSSION: Palante!

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Your comment is due no later than Wednesday, March 25th at 9:35 a.m. PST.

Posted by: profe | March 13, 2015

WEEK 09/10: Spring Break

We’ve reached the halfway point! I hope you have a relaxing and/or productive spring break. When we return, we’ll wrap-up our discussion of Chicano and Latino movements and then begin the transition to discussing Native American movements of the era.

On Tuesday we will have our regular in-class discussion activity. I had meant to assign the las two chapters of the Ian Haney-Lopez book (chapter 9 and the epilogue) but mistakenly left them off the syllabus. If you do read them, I think you’ll find them a useful conclusion to the story. You have a digital reading (DCR 9) to read for class. It is a set of readings related to the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican revolutionary organization of the era. Please write your “prep sheet” on that digital reading.

We’ll follow our discussion with a short lecture. I’ll also return the first part of your semester project.

On Thursday we’ll begin framing our discussion of the “Red Power” era of Native American political activism. You will read and write about the Young Lords, however. You are expected to read a primary source (provided to you as DCR 10) and write your final Critical Evaluation exercise on it (CE3), to turn in Thursday.

Be well until then!

Posted by: profe | March 10, 2015

DISCUSSION: Haney-Lopez, chs. 5-8

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Posted by: profe | March 6, 2015

WEEK 08: Chicano radicalism

We’re just about at the half way point in the semester! This week, we’ll continue our discussion of the Chicano Student Movement, paying special attention to two groups, CASA and the Brown Berets. We’ll also get moving on our semester teaching project.

On Tuesday we will read and discuss chapters 5-8 in the book Racism on Trial. Come to class with your “prep sheet” ready to share your thoughts on this part of the story. We’ll follow that up with a short lecture and discussion of the group CASA.

On Thursday we’ll watch part of a documentary on Latino political activity in the sixties. You will also turn in the first part of our semester-long research project, the Questions, Topic, Sources assignment. More info can be found on the Assignments page above and in your notes from the last two weeks.

Posted by: profe | March 3, 2015

DISCUSSION: Haney López, intro and chs. 1-4

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Your comment is due no later than Wednesday, March 4th at 9:35 a.m. PST.

Posted by: profe | February 27, 2015

WEEK 07: Chicano!

This week we move on to our investigation of the Chicano student movement. We’ll begin that process by starting on our second course book–Racism on Trial, by Ian F. Haney-López. Lopez is a legal scholar and one of the major forces within “Latino Critical Race Theory.” His book is written is a very accessible way, and it tells a great story, too.

On Tuesday we will read the introduction and chapters 1-4 for our in-class collective discussion. Write your “prep sheet” based on this. After our discussion we’ll have a short lecture on Chicano/Latino politics (where we’ll even discuss the difference between those words).

On Thursday, we will have a lecture and set of activities related to the “Chicano Walkouts” of 1968. You are asked to read a document before coming to class, an LA Times article from spring 1968 that lists all the students demands related to the mass walkouts of the time. It’s provided to you as DCR 8.

Chicanas and Chicanos march against the Vietnam War in East Los Angeles (August 29, 1970)

You should also be moving forward on the first part of our semester project, as we discussed in class last week.

Posted by: profe | February 24, 2015

DISCUSSION: Black Panthers

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Your comment is due no later than Wednesday, February 25th at 9:35 a.m. PST.

You might also find this recent New York Times opinion piece useful. It discusses the history of lynching in the US, in particular targeting African Americans and Mexican Americans.

Posted by: profe | February 21, 2015

WEEK 6: Black Panthers and the UFW

We begin our first of three topic transitions this week as we move from the Black Freedom Struggle to the farmworker and Chicano/Latino movements. This doesn’t mean we leave our discussion of African American movements behind.  One of the fundamental arguments of our class relates to the interrelatedness of the movements we discuss and the potential for understanding when we examine them in concert with one another.

To begin to suggest that interrelatedness, we’ll be reading and writing about one topic this week while also learning about another. On TUESDAY we’ll read selected chapters from the book Black Against Empire, provided to you as DCR 06. As we mentioned in class, this is a new book that is the first comprehensive history of the Black Panther Party. The Black Panthers are an important organization for our class, inspiring countless other radical movements in the era. We’ll discuss the reading in our regular collective discussion. As usual, write your “prep sheet” related to it an in anticipation of being selected to participate in the seminar.

We’ll follow-up our in-class discussion with a lecture on Mexican American history, leading up to the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers movement.

On THURSDAY we will continue our discussion of the UFW. If you have time, you are expected to watch the documentary “The Fight in the Fields,” available via Youtube. It’s not a big deal if you watch it after class because you also have your second Critical Evaluation exercise (CE2) due in class.  This is a 2-3 page interpretation of the primary source provided to you as DCR 07.  The document is a speech by Malcolm X titled “The Ballot or the Bullet.”

Now also might be a good time to start thinking about our semester project, “Teaching the Freedom Struggle.” The first part of our project will be due on Thursday, March 12th. A detailed assignment sheet for the entire project can be downloaded on our Assignments page, along with other resources to guide your thinking. The key at this stage will be finding and selecting a usable historical primary source that you will teach as part of your project. Finding primary sources takes time, so please start now.

MalcolmX

Posted by: profe | February 17, 2015

Discussion Post: Garrow

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Your comment is due no later than Wednesday, February 18th at 9:35 a.m. PST.

Also, you might find this story interesting. It relates to a present-day attempt to possibly prosecute a horrific race crime that remains “unsolved” but whose perpetrators may still be alive.

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