The Invention of Race Discussion




Identify one way in which present-day society mirrors seventeenth-, eighteenth-, or nineteenth-century America. Look for parallels in the realm of culture (recycled ideas, stereotypes, fears), politics (similar issues, agendas, practices) and everyday life (job market, romantic relationships, recurrent social problems).

How does the history reviewed in this chapter compare to the history of early America that you learned elsewhere? Discuss the reasons for such similarities and differences.

  1. Review the multiple immigration laws enacted since 1880. How do you see the impact of these laws today?
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    4. “U.S. v. Baghat Singh Thind” by IDCLS Claremont College (5 minutes)  (Links to an external site.)
    5. “The racist history of US immigration policy” by Vox (5 minutes)  (Links to an external site.)
    6. “American Imperialism: Crash Course US History” by Crash Course (14 minutes)


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