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"Boundaries, Borders, and Biases: The Law of Citizenship and Race"                                   

Kathleen Cleaver

Tuesdays, October 16 - November 20, 7:00 - 8:30pm                           $395

Location: Emory Law School- Gambrell Hall, 1301 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA


Course Description: 

This six-week seminar organized under the auspices of the Yale Alumni College - Atlanta will explore the amendments that shape today’s US law, rights, and regulations, governing citizenship and race. View historical trials and movements that laid the foundation for the constitution and its amendments. examines the historical context of the laws governing citizenship before and after the Civil War. The focus of readings is on laws impacting African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Japanese Americans during the 19th and 20th century. Examine the cases that defined the law and the impact of legislation in these areas and discuss the limits and challenges that are still being faced.

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Week 1- October 16: U.S. Constitution & National Citizenship

Week 2- October 23: 13th Amendment, 1866 Civil Rights Act, 1875 Civil Rights Act

Week 3- October 30: 14th Amendment; 15th Amendment

Week 4- November 6: Plessy v Ferguson, 163 U.S. 5437 (1897)

Week 5- November 13: Citizenship of Mexicans; Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo

Week 6- November 20: Korematsu v. US (1944) / Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Professor Kathleen Cleaver (Read Full Biography Here)

Kathleen Neal Cleaver, who currently holds an appointment as a senior lecturer and research fellow at Emory University School of Law, has spent her life participating in the human rights struggle. From 1967 to 1971, she was the first communications secretary of the Black Panther Party. After sharing years of exile, in Algeria and France with former husband Eldridge Cleaver, she returned with her family to the United States in late 1975. In 1984, Cleaver graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History from Yale College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989. At Emory, Cleaver has taught pre-trial litigation, professional ethics, torts, and legal history. Her current scholarship and teaching is focused on the U.S. law of citizenship and race.