Sociology 2240E Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Infant, White Supremacy, Peon

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Race and social theory ii: dubois: january 5. Reflecting on the failure of the post-civil war reconstruction period (1886-1877). Analysis of political economy of america racism/ colonialism. Analysis of the power of white american stereotyping on black life and thought. Focus on institutions (legal, political, economic); systems; production of ideologies. Seizure of slaves; slavery was a form of primitive accumulation . Industries set up abroad, use of indentured/ cheap labour. In the post-civil war period, land was divided up unequally and freedmen never acquired property they were promised. Convict leasing, peonage and tenant farming was the heart of america"s economic development. Divide and conquer : racism splits workers" class consciousness. Racist ideology justification for low/no wage racial conflict/antagonism among workers. Weakened class consciousness/ movement wage difference/ slavery maintained . Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it.

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