Course Schedule – Fall 2024 / Old Courses / RACE RELATIONS IN AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT

Coordinators: Sandy Kessler, Bob Gottfried

We will explore the controversial subject of race relations in America by considering some classic and contemporary writings by American political thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, George Fitzhugh, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Isabel Wilkerson, and Glenn Loury.

Questions for discussion include:

  • Why was slavery a “monstrous injustice,” as Lincoln called it? How did Southerners defend the institution?
  • What is the legacy of slavery? How does it shape American life today?
  • How can we now best achieve racial justice and reconciliation?

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