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Race, Law, and Capitalism (766-1)


Mehrsa Baradaran

Meeting Info

McCormick 195 - Strawn Hall: Wed 6:30PM - 9:30PM

Evaluation Method

Your grade in this course will be based on weekly responses to topics and books, a longer writing project at the end of the term, a class presentation and class participation. The grading breakdown is as follows: 30% of your grade will be based on weekly responses, 40% on a final project, 20% on a class presentation and 10% on class participation.

All readings are mandatory. By sending in a response each week, you are representing that you have read the text. You are expected to attend, prepare for, and participate in, class meetings. Because we only meet a few times this school year, any absence will result in a loss of your class participation score. In the event of illness or emergency, please contact me.

Class Materials (Required)

Suggested and Supplemental Materials:
Greg Grandin by The End of the Myth
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Fanon, Frantz, The Wretched of the Earth
C. Vann Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow
Douglass Blackmon, Slavery By Another Name
Mehrsa Baradaran, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap
Ira Katznelson, When Affirmative Action was White
Katharina Pistor, The Code of Capital
Christine Desan, Making Money
Quinn Slobodian, The Globalists
Claudio Sant, Unworthy Republic
Stephanie Jones-Rogers, They Were Her Property
Kathleen Belew, Bring the War Home
Joshua Brown, Waldo E. Martin Jr., Black Against Empire
Kojo Karam, Uncommon Wealth
Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism
Svetlana Alexievich, Secondhand Time
Sarah Chayes, Thieves of State
Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Bad Mexicans
Thomas Holt, The Problem of Race in the 21st Century

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: MSL Students are not eligible to enroll