Your Voice Matters:

The focus of this course is one book, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give.  We will read T.H.U.G as part of a larger classroom story that sees the history of the United States as an ongoing struggle for rights and democracy.  In order to contextualize Thomas’s novel in time and place, we will read primary and secondary texts that seek to understand the mechanics of this American struggle.  As scholars, we study the experiences of communities as a means not only to remember and retain their stories but also as a means to discover what they can tell us about ourselves as part of present day American society.  To this end, we will explore the diverse ways in which ordinary voices become extraordinary vehicles for social change. T.H.U.G provides us an opportunity to explore intersections of social identities such as race, ethnicity, class, color, and gender that shape and intersect the on the ground realities of everyday Americans’ ability to grasp hold of the rights promised in the Constitution.