Module 2: A Timeline of Inequality
Watch this video about the "400 Years of Inequality Timeline".
[Video] : Throughout two semesters in 2017, a group of students in Dr. Mindy Fullilove’s 400 Years of Inequality course at The New School developed a timeline that traces the scope and scale of events, movements, and coalitions that have shaped and challenged inequality over the past 400 years. I was a member of this class during its second semester. This timeline is not meant to be an exhaustive list of events. Rather, it provides key moments and turning points as a learning tool. Much like our society, this timeline is going to continue to evolve as our understanding of the impact of this history unfolds. Currently, the timeline focuses on the consequences of settler colonialism, chattel slavery, patriarchy and sexism, and the evolution of the working class. The events we chose were based on our own analysis and shared reading of Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States. Published in 1980, A People’s History was a groundbreaking reframing of American history from the point of view of the oppressed verses the oppressor. Accessible and engaging, the book helped us understand the narrative arc of our country as well as the individuals who contributed to and those who struggled against inequality for over 400 years.