Ideal responses will be original, insightful, and comprehensive, with a clear statement (thesis) that lays out your argument. But we will bear in mind that you are working with a limited word count. Your total answer should fall between 1500 and 1800 words. Your total submission is likely to be 6 pages, in a regular (ie, Times New Roman) font and 12-point size. You may write more. You may write less. In each case, you must have a thesis and an argument that is supported from citations from the texts. We are looking for clarity, originality, and comprehensiveness.
THE RELATED MATERIAL for citing :
1. The main reading:
Ron Takaki, A Different Mirror: A history of multicultural America
Manning Marable, Race, Reform and Rebellion: the second reconstruction and beyond in Black America.
2 Cameron, “Buenos Vecinos”
3 Ani Mukherji, “Like Another Planet”
4 Nguyen Ai Quoc, “On Lynching and the KKK”
5 Ernest Allen, “When JapanWas Champion”
6 Alex Lichtenstein, “The Negro Convict is a Slave”
7 Benjamin Madley, “Patterns of Frontier Genocide”
Answer 1 of the following:
1. Writing in 1903, W.E.B. DuBois described “the problem of the 20th century” as “the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” In doing so, he pointed to the global nature of racial problems. As struggles against racial inequality advanced in the 20th century, the relationship between African American struggles and global developments became increasingly clear. In an essay, discuss the international dimensions of the African American during the “interwar” period between 1919 and 1939. While you should concentrate on this time period, you may bring in relevant material from the earlier period between the end of reconstruction (1877) and the end of World War I (1918). You may want to consider some of the following: a)the Harlem Renaissance; b)the influence of the Russian and Mexican Revolutions; c) colonialism and imperialism in Africa and Asia; d)the rise of Japan; e)indigenous struggles in North America and Asia; f)the rise of Marcus Garvey and the U.N.I.A.
2 In many ways, the Second World War was fundamentally about race. Certainly, the conflict brought to the fore numerous racial struggles. In an essay, discuss the notion of World War II as a war fought about, around, or along axes of race, both within and beyond the United States. You may want to discuss a)internment; b)the zoot suit riots; c) civil rights; d)the Pacific War between the U.S. and Japan; e)colonialism and whatever other elements you see fit.