AMST 4203

AMST 4203

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This advanced seminar traces transformations in citizenship and the franchise throughout U.S. history. Through readings, frequent short writings, discussion, and a final paper, the class examines the struggles over who can claim full citizenship and legitimate voice in the political community. It examines the divergent, often clashing, visions of legitimate democratic rule, focusing particularly on the debates over who should vote and on what terms.  We examine the dynamics that have shaped the boundaries of citizenship and hierarchies within it, paying attention to changes in the civic status of Native Americans, property-less white men, paupers, women, African Americans, various immigrant groups, residents of U.S. colonies, felons, and people with intellectual disabilities. A significant portion of the class focuses on debates about U.S. democracy in the decades after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 4203

  • 4 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 17471 AMST 4203   SEM 101

    • M McGraw Hall 366
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Kohler-Hausmann, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person