1619, Slavery

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Session I: Monday June 8, 15, and 22 from 1-2:30 pm
Session II: Wednesday June 10, 17, and 24 from 1-2:30 pm
To enroll, email mscoffice@midcoastseniorcollege.org
Steve Piker: email – pikersteven@gmail.com

1619 is the date of arrival on these shores of the first enslaved black Africans. THESIS: contra conventional historical narratives, slavery is our nation’s very origin and has to this day pervasively and decisively influenced what our nation is. Does this revisionist historical narrative have merit? A full 8/19 edition of the New York Times Sunday magazine argues that it does. Our course will evaluate the NYT revisionist American historical narrative. Lecture and discussion. Copies of the NYT magazine edition presenting the revisionist narrative will be distributed to the class. Steve Piker is a retired anthropologist, has done much teaching and research on religion, and has offered a number of courses at MSC.
Reading Material: New York Times August 2019

Speaking out on Racism

Is Capitalism Racist? The New Yorker

Race Amity Day 2020

Opinion: How to do Reparations Right – NYT

Opinion: The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’ – The New York Times

A Matter of Facts – The Atlantic

Guest Column: Racism has Reigned through American History – PPH

Opinion _ Justice Is About More Than the Killing of George Floyd – The New York Times