Long-Run Legacies of Political Violence

INstructor: Jacob Shapiro

Recent acts of police brutality against African-Americans have ignited nationwide reflections on America’s history of systemic racism. Central to systemic racism has been the disenfranchisement of African-American voters, which involves the creation and institutionalization of structural barriers to voting. While some of these barriers are new (e.g. using social media to discourage people from voting), many reflect long-standing legacy effects that date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These represent the victory of Southern whites (and their Northern allies) in “redeeming” the South from Reconstruction and the prospect of majority rule. This workshop in applied data-driven social science will leverage a wide range of different data sources to study the long-run legacies of post-Civil War violence. Students will read a range of research on long-run legacies of conflict and execute projects around the long-run impacts and/or determinants of the violence during and after the Reconstruction era.