The History of Race

This course offers a broad survey of the history of racial science and racialist thinking in the Atlantic world from the early modern period through the late nineteenth century. Rather than attempting to detail the histories of specific racial formations (such as blackness or whiteness), the course tracks the intellectual history of the emergence of “race” as a specific category of human differentiation and traces a swath of its most muscular—and pernicious—permutations through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

Also AFAM 705/AMST 708/HIST 708/HSHM 729.

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W 1.30pm-3.20pm
18th-/19th-Century Lit