Ommon History of oppression of people of African descent and indigenous peoples in the United States and South Africa

AFAS/HIST 475: Mid-Term Research Paper Prompts for Non-Presenters

-Choose and answer any ONE of the following questions.

-6-8 pages

-There has to be an introduction, headings, central argument with
substantiated points, supporting quotations from both primary and secondary sources and a clear illumination of your own critical standpoint in light of the variegated views on the problematic. Finally, you need to have a summary and conclusion that summarizes the gist of your paper so that the reader is clear about the rationale and central thrust of your research.

-Indicate which question you choose to answer or else I will not grade your paper.

-Make sure you answer/address ALL PARTS of the question/prompt or else you lose points for partial answers.

-Answers should cite both primary (texts you read in class) and secondary sources (journal & database articles OR other scholarly texts & sources)

-Make sure you include your own personal opinions in addition to ideas you cite from scholarly sources to balance your answers.

-Use at least FOUR scholarly references (journals, books and library databases) Wikipedia, blogs etc DO NOT count as scholarly sources.

-Your paper should be between 6-8 typed pages (font size, 12) double-spaced (Including references).a?

-Research Paper due on Saturday April 26 at 12:00midnight sharp: (This deadline is firm).

Prompt # 1
Imagine that you are an attorney representing any one of the following population groups: a) American Indians, b) African Americans or c) Black South Africans: Prepare a reparations lawsuit clearly outlining the reasons for compensation. List the crimes and violations committed, the harms caused and the setbacks and losses suffered. Use any historical (scholarly) sources together with some of your class readings to prove and argue that indeed colonization, slavery, genocide racism and apartheid were detrimental to these races as well as the remaining generations.

Prompt # 2
a?Religion especially Christianity is like a double edged sword, it can be used to dominate or liberate a people?a? With reference to TWO readings and TWO films you studied on this course, discuss the role of religion in slavery, colonization and apartheid in light of the above statement. Your discussion should make reference to the biblical origins of racial theory cited in the readings and films you studied

Prompt # 3
With reference to at least TWO readings and TWO films you studied in this class, compare and contrast women and menas experiences in different oppressive situations (slavery, colonization, apartheid, Jim Crow etc.) in both South Africa and the USA. In your response examine the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality and critically paying particular attention to the ways in which race relations shaped or reconfigured race and gender relations during slavery, colonization, Jim Crow and apartheid within the two countries.

Prompt # 4
With reference to at least TWO readings and TWO films you studied in this class, illustrate the ways in which colonization, genocide, apartheid and racism have been reconfigured and reconstituted over the years (throughout history) and are still at work today albeit in modified forms. In your response, discuss the extent to which poverty, underdevelopment, marginalization, social exclusion and economic disparities were and continue to be closely associated with racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, slavery, colonization and apartheid.

Prompt # 5
Critically evaluate the claim from the school of sociological thought and legal studies that emphasizes the socially constructed nature of race and racism. In your response, discuss the race theories you studied in this class, paying attention to the intersections of race, economics/ property, law, power, and politics as sources, causes, forms and contemporary (21st century) manifestations of systemic racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance