HUMAN 1C Study Guide - Comprehensive Final Exam Guide - Colonialism, White People, Vietnam


Department
Humanities
Course Code
HUMAN 1C
Professor
Sharon Block, Linda Vo, Nasrin Rahemieh
Study Guide
Final

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Angeni Muralidhar Spring 2018
Introducing Colonialism, Race, and Sex
Lectures https://tinyurl.com/blockcore
Overview
- Colonialism
- Race and Racism (Racecraft)
- History of Sex
Colonialism: Where and When
- Images of colonial North America
- Pocahontas “how in the world can she RUN with that body shape
Trans-Atlantic World
- Represents what is going on with colonizing North America
- Did not just provide information but created information
- Telling people how to get to other parts of the world (across the Atlantic)
- The maps that we colored in eighth grade taught us a version of conquest and
colonization
- Colonized America was already populated well before Europeans arrived
European View of Africa, 1644
- Produce knowledge and create ideas
- People on the side have the same skin tone and same clothing -- those who created the
maps had never seen those who inhabited Africa
- Animals on the map -- and there are sea monsters everywhere too
- Places that the Europeans who made the map had not charted
- Boundaries of nation states are of a European fashion
What’s in a name?
- “The Peopling of British North America”
- Were there not people before? What about the 187 native american nations?
- Discovery vs. Invasion
- Peopling vs. colonizing
- Wilderness vs. communities
- What does colonization look like when you are looking back at the advancements?
Demographics of Colonial North America
- Native Americans
- 7 - 18 million
- Africans Kidnapped:
- 1525-1866: 12.5 million
- 1600-1775: 388,000
- At Revolution (1776)
- 1.7 million
- 470,00 African descent
- ?? Native American descent
Race is Not…
- Biologic
- Objective
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- Trans-historic
- Just about Africans/ Black people/ non-white people
- About creating a system of white supremacy and establishing hierarchies
- We use identity as race very often
Race Defined Historically
- “Race is an ideology. It came into existence at a discernable historical moment for
rationally understandable historical reasons and is subject to change.” - Barbara Fields
Why Study History of Sexuality?
- Mural of Trump and Putin -- close relationship that should not be there
- Both are heterosexual men who are portrayed in media as manly
- Fascinating!
- Serious
- Sex vs. Sexuality
- Beyond sex acts
- Understanding societies
- Cultural meanings that go along with sex
- Conveys a sense of power as well
Theories Behind the History of Sexuality
- “Dense transfer point for relations of power” - Michel Foucault
- Ways of ordering society, conveying hierarchies of power
- Historicize
- De-naturalize
- “The Person is Political” - Carol Hanisch (1970)
- Not just who runs the government
- Intimate personal acts tells us much bigger things about society
- What does it tell us about gender, race, and about the power hierarchies in
colonial society?
Conclusion
- How can you rethink what you may think you know:
- About colonial America
- About Race
- About sexuality as an intellectual topic of study
- Future classes will explore different facets of these intersecting categories
- Race is something that society creates to structure their world
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