For Wednesday, 28 September


  • Review Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 2 (‘The Invention of Race’): ‘Manifest Destiny’; ‘Immigration from Asia and Europe’; Racial Discourses of Modernity’; ‘America’s Racial Profile Today’; ‘We, the Past’. keywords:colonialism; eugenics; manifest destiny (2016:70); modernity.

We barely touched on the chapter during our class discussion yesterday. So let’s make sure we dig into it this time. We’ll focus on the section entitled ‘Racial Discourses of Modernity’. 

In Class

  • Attendance
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • A Call for Unity’ (12 April 1963). The letter from eight moderate white Alabama clergymen that prompted King’s jailhouse retort a few days later.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ (1963). keywords: massive resistance; nonviolent resistance; Satyagraha.  

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