Immigration and Racial Politics(2)

Term: Fall 2009

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 5311

We are living through the third great immigration wave in American history. How have demographic changes over the last forty years effected the contours of American cultural and political life? How do immigrants position themselves in terms of race? How does the state classifiy immigrants groups? What are the future possibilities of forging robust political alliances between immigrants and African Americans? Drawing on recent work across the social sciences as well as extensive primary sources, the course examines the politics of immigrant and racial difference in twentieth and twenty-first century United States. Special attention will be given to Jewish immigration in the early twentieth century and Mexican immigration across the twentieth century.

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