Faculty of Arts


Racial Histories

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for HISTORY 111.


This course explores the historical construction of "race" through a series of in-depth historical case studies drawn predominantly from settings in New Zealand and the United States. It examines how claims and assumptions about racial difference among different groups and peoples have developed and changed over time. While we are concerned with how race has structured inequalities and injustices, past and present, we are also attuned to how cultures and solidarities based on racial understandings have empowered different groups and peoples.

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Availability 2018

Summer School


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Jennifer Frost
Lecturer(s) Dr Aroha Harris


TH Breen, "The 'Giddy Multitude': Race and Class in Early Virginia", in Ronald Takaki, ed., From Different Shores: Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America, 2nd ed., New York, 1994, pp. 107-117.

MPK Sorrenson, "How to Civilize Savages: Some Answers from Nineteenth-century New Zealand", New Zealand Journal of History, 9, 2, 1975, pp.97-110.

Theda Perdue, "Cherokee Women and the Trail of Tears", in Vicki L. Ruiz and Ellen Carol DuBois, eds., Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women’s History, 3rd ed., New York, 2000, 93-104.

Claudia Orange, An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi, Wellington, 2004, pp.24-45.

Texts of the Treaty of Waitangi and Tiriti o Waitangi.

John Higham, "Patterns in the Making", in Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925, New York, 1985, 3-11.

Melissa Williams, "A Death-Defying Circus Act? Post-war Maori Policy, 1945-1960", Panguru and the City: Kainga Tahi, Kainga Rua, Wellington, 2015, pp.69-100.

Alice Yang Murray, "The Internment of Japanese Americans," in Murray, ed., What did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? Boston, 2000, pp. 3-19.

TV Reed, "Revolutionary Walls: Chicano/a Murals, Chicano/a Movements", in The Art of Protest: Culture and Activism from the Civil Rights Movement to the Streets of Seattle, Minneapolis, 2005, pp. 103-128.

Aroha Harris, Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest, Wellington, 2004, pp.10-31.


(1) Document Analysis Essay, 1000 words (20%)
(2) Essay, 1,500 words (30%)
(3) Examination, 2 hours, (50%)


HISTORY 111: 15.0 points

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