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Race in America, Past and Present: Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Burden of History

Resources to support the Race in America, Past and Present reading group Fall 2016.

Session 2

This session participants will explore the enduring role of New Deal and postwar public policy in recreating racial inequality in the United States. What role did public policy play in shaping racial inequality in the last hundred years, how enduring have those effects been, and how might the nation address them?

Through the reading, video, and discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the historical relationship between “white democracy” and “black plunder”;
  • Explain the reasons for and results of separate housing markets in the 20th century;
  • Explain and evaluate the debate over black reparations in the United States.

Session 2: The Case for Reparations

This session participants will explore the enduring role of New Deal and postwar public policy in recreating racial inequality in the United States. What role did public policy play in shaping racial inequality in the last hundred years, how enduring have those effects been, and how might the nation address them?

Through the reading, video, and discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the historical relationship between “white democracy” and “black plunder”;
  • Explain the reasons for and results of separate housing markets in the 20th century;
  • Explain and evaluate the debate over black reparations in the United States.

Discussion materials

Additional resources