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AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 36: Jesse Owens, Ticker Tape Parade, Gynaecology
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Introduction to American Studies: Notes 02:38 J. Marions Sims Statue Seen as father of obstetrics and first gynecologist The issue is he engaged in unethical medical practices ...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 33: Bracero Program, Immigration And Nationality Act Of 1965, Immigration Act Of 1924
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Migration Forced: people have no choice Coerced: people kind of have a choice, but are pushed to migrate Voluntary: people have the full choice Immigrants: those who arrive more or less voluntarily Nativism: hostility to ...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 32: Latino Usa, Latino Studies, Xenophobia
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Main points of Latino USA (discussion) Latino culture can take many forms Latino history and culture has a big impact on American culture today Latinos are a very diverse population, but they have recently come together u...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 29: Deluxe Distribution, Nancy Reagan, Crack Cocaine
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Drugs have been a theme in history for a very long time Drugs and racialized others are often associated with each other Ex. Chinese and Opium This association has led to other real world issues Ex. mass incarceration Cra...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture 26: Class #26
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How American Studies Deals with Gender Gender can also be seen as a verb rather than a noun We have biological categories of male and female We layer meaning onto these categories Gender: to assign the culturally-defined ...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture 25: Class #25
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White in Keywords White people tend to think of themselves as raceless (race is something that other people have) Ex. nude is used to refer to the color of white skin, there are no school clubs dedicated for whites becaus...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 24: Racialization, Seven Ways, Redlining
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Seven Ways American Studies Deals with Race (cont.) Race is a social reality We live with categories of races Ex. race box on Census, race-based inequality, The Region (East Chicago=Latino, Gary=Black, Munster=White) Ther...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 23: Scientific Racism, Essentialism, Eugenics
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W.E.B. Dubois One of the first African Americans to receive a Ph.D. 1903: The problem of the color line will be the problem of twentieth century This held to be true We are still dealing with questions of race in 2017 Wha...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Meritocracy
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Loewen Ch. 9 and Ch. 10 • Arguing about recent history o Textbook authors always air on the side of avoiding conflict o We think America is progressive (always moving ...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Emma Goldman, Xenophobia, Haymarket Affair
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Five Ways of Reading Ragtime • An exploration of the Progressive Era o The Progressive Era ▪ 1890-1920 ▪ Massive immigration ▪ Increased wealt...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Materialism, Israel Zangwill, Expansionism
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Ragtime Paper Advice • Make a specific, original argument o Interpretive essay • The paper does not have to address the entire book o Presume the reader has read the entire book ...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture 16: Class #16
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Abraham Lincoln • Loewen says that textbooks portray him as indifferent to slavery, but he was actually very against it o Textbooks says he ended slavery more so as a political m...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: The Old Plantation
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Slavery through the lens of material culture in colonial America • Material Culture: the study of things and their meanings American: throughout the colonies, settlers tended not to refer to themselves as American...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Dole Food Company
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What makes a formal empire? • Expansive • Power (unequal distribution) • Strong military and government • Taking over other nations How do we see the impact of empires today? • Laws ...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz
AMST 20100 Lecture 12: Class #12
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1893: Turner Thesis speaks to a movement that was concerned about what would happen if we didn’t have the frontier Frontier Today • Space Race (especially with the USSR in the 1960s and 70s) o The Spac...

American Studies
AMST 20100
Jason Ruiz

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