Race and the American Story is committed to fostering conversations that are both broad in terms of who they include, and deep in terms of their historical awareness and thoughtfulness.
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The Kennedy family will always be remembered for giving the American people statesmen who may have been incredibly flawed, but whose contributions to their country were incredible nonetheless.
There are civil rights stories everywhere. Most Americans can name a national Civil Rights figure and hopefully know something about the key pieces of civil rights legislation in history. But most don’t know anything about what happened down the street.
In comparison to the last ten years, this current moment in the history of US racism seems calm, as if all is well. Yet, the currents under the surface of these calm waters are far from calm.
Part of the reason I was able to remain completely oblivious to issues of racial justice in the U.S. for so long was that I grew up before the 24-hour news and entertainment cycle brought about by digital and social media. Most kids in the 80s and early 90s simply weren’t often exposed to images or…
Each semester, as a collective community, we will be reading and discussing a book that focuses on the broad topic of “race and the American story.” We will engage in a moderated online discussion of the book–its themes, concepts, and approach–on this website. For the Spring semester 2020, we will be reading Most Blessed of the…
Race and the American Story was created by two professors at the University of Missouri following the Mizzou student movements in 2015. It has grown into a course taught at three universities nationwide.