Theories of Race

Day 2
Session 3
3:20 PM

What is race? This lecture traces the historical development of the concept and the alternative narratives that have informed the treatment of the problem of race in our country.

Recommended Books:

Thomas Sowell: Race & Culture: A World View; Migrations & Culture: A World View; The Economics and Politics of Race

Orlando Patterson: Freedom in the Making of Western Culture; Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study

Shelby Steele: The Content of Our Character; A Dream Differed: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom in America; White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era

Cornell West: Race Matters; The Cornell West Reader

Michael Eric Dyson: Debating Race with Michael Eric Dyson

The last three recommendations are for the purpose of offering examples that showcase one or the other of the two distinct visions of race in America.

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