Minorities in America

Dr. Kenya Davis- Hayes-Assistant Professor
Office Hours: Noon-4 Mondays and Noon-5pm Wednesdays
And by Appointment
Office: 274 James Building


1. To enable students to gain a basic understanding and knowledge of the various contours within the history and politics of Minorities in America.

2. To question reconsider the positionality of minorities in America and how their stories are told, presented, or remembered.

3. To articulate the origins of America’s strengths and weaknesses institutionally,
socially, politically, culturally and racially.

4. To test and strengthen our doctrinally- based Christian worldview by employing an understanding of race relations in American as a tool for understanding self within modern-day society.


Patricia Limerick, Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (New York: W.W. Norton Publishing, 1987).

Mary Lyons, ed., Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs (New York: Simon and Schuster Publishing, 1992).

David Roediger, The Wages of Whiteness: Race and the Making of the American Working Class (London: Verso Publishing, 1991).

George J. Sanchez, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993).

Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1993).


Course Journal: 50 points
Literature Review: 50 points each
Blackboard Participation Days: 50pts each

Course Journal: 50pts.
a.) Each class begins with a leading question used to introduce the topics of the day. Compile your daily responses in a separate notebook and hand them in at the end of the semester. You will not be graded on your opinion, only on the having of an opinion.

Literature Review: 50pts. each
a.) For each book assigned in the class, with the exception of Takaki’s, A...

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