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Fall 2021
7397 WRS: Making Multiracial Democracy - MORALES- 27291

Professor(s): Daniel Morales (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  TTH  Location: 109  BLB

Course Outline: Some have said that American democracy is only fifty years old. What they mean is that American multiracial democracy—where nonwhites have some power at the ballot box, and enjoy a significant degree of inclusion in economic and educational opportunity—began in the decades after the passage of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts of 1964. The Trump years, the Insurrection of January 6, and its aftermath, have revealed the precarity of minority political gains, and the lengths to which opponents of multiracial democracy will go to destroy them. In this class we will ask how we arrived at this fateful moment in American history and examine the integral role the law and lawyers have played in the creation of multiracial democracy and its undoing. We will also look to the future and ask what it will take to shore up the fragile institutions that hold our country together. Readings will draw broadly from Constitutional and Administrative Law, Political Theory, Critical Race Theory, American History, especially the history of slavery and reconstruction, as well Immigration history and law.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: DistanceEd  The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.



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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (4/14/2021 12:05:30 AM)

No book required for this course

There is no assigned book for this course. All required reading can be found on a Dropbox link that will be shared a week prior to class.