Spring 2017

Power and Violence in America: A Historical Approach to Politics

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-324


Jonathan M. Obert (Section 01)


[IL and SC] In this course we will explore the complex relationship between industrialization, the labor movement, race relations, and the organization of violence in America.  Students will learn about major events in American history, from the founding of the United States through the end of World War II.  The topics covered include labor strikes, riots, and ethnic and racial tensions, as well as the related formation of police forces, private security guards, and vigilante groups.  In learning about such conflicts, we will examine the indelible mark that these events left on American political development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Throughout the semester, students will encounter fundamental questions concerning the distribution of income and the use of force in American society.  This course is being taught simultaneously at Middlebury College and will include a virtual classroom component as well as opportunities for inter-collegiate collaboration.

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Obert.

If Overenrolled: Priority first given to seniors, then to a balance of sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by first-year students and 5-college students

Cost: 41.00 ?


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015, Spring 2017