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POLS 336 - Race, Equality and the Law (4)

Explores the historical relationship of race and ethnicity to the law, the courts, and the judicial system of the U.S. Course will examine the competing definitions of equality, and how certain concepts have predominated from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and in Supreme Court decisions, including landmark cases such as Brown v. Board of Education, the impact of the law on African-American, Asian-American, Latino-American and Native-American communities, from the grassroots and lower courts to national legal policy making. The legal writings of W.E.B. DuBois, Mary Francis Berry, Derrick Bell, Angela Davis, Thurgood Marshall and others will be emphasized. Offered every other year.