AFST 127 - (HP) Race, Sport, and the AmericasSemester Hours: 3
This course introduces students to the history of sport as a way to understand racism and the experiences of racialized communities in the Americas. We will use sport history as a lens to understand social movements, the communities of players and fans, and the business of popular culture. Long before Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the U.S. national anthem, sports stars used their platforms to express their commitment to civil rights. That hasn’t only occurred in the U.S. context. The course may examine, for example, sport in the Brazilian transition to democracy, during apartheid in South Africa, and among Afro-Cubans to understand race in the global sporting landscape as well as the history of race in the U.S., for example, as reflected through the prism of baseball from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries.
Credit is given for AFST 127 or HIST 127, not both.
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