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LLT 3463 Race, Ethnicity and Identity in American Literature: First Assignment Guide

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Race in the United States here:


Subject search terms:
Slavery—Political aspects—United States—History
United States—Race relations—History
Slavery—United States—History—17th century

Underground Railroad

Jim Crow/Lynching

Harlem Renaissance

See also in this class guide the tabs:
African American Poetry, 1920-1936
African American Poetry, 1936-1959
Subject headings to search:
African Americans—Intellectual life—20th century
African American arts—20th century 
African American arts—New York (State)—New York—20th century

Three-fifths Compromise: (Article 1, section 2, clause 3)

Subject headings to search:
United States--Constitution
Constitutional history--United States
Constitutions—United States
Racism—political aspects—united states
Slavery--Law and legislation--United States--History

Harpers Ferry Raid

Subject headings to search:
Harpers Ferry (W. Va.)—History—John Brown’s Raid, 1859
Brown, John, 1800-1859

The Detroit Uprising

Subject headings to search:
Detroit Race Riot, Detroit, Mich., 1943
Race riots—Michigan
Detroit (Mich.)—Race relations

The Missouri Compromise

Subject heading to search:
Missouri Compromise

Dred Scott Case

Subject headings to search:
Scott, Dred, 1809-1858
Slavery—Law and legislation—United States
Slavery—United States—Legal status of slaves in free states--History

Articles of Confederation

Subject headings to search:
United States—Articles of Confederation
Constitutional history—United States—18th century