Module 1

Module One: Family Separation as Terror

Review the history of family separations in the United States that began during the era of human chattel slavery and the harm that results from these separations through the narratives of formerly enslaved people.

Module 2

Module Two: A Racist Foundation

Understand Black children’s continued separation and enslavement following the formal abolition of slavery.

Module Three: A Racist Transformation

Available October 2023

Module Four: Manifestations of Surveillance, Regulation, and Punishment in the Afterlife of Slavery

Available October 2023

Module Five: Intended Consequences

Available November 2023

Module Six: Reforms Are Designed to Fail

Available November 2023

Module Seven: Abolition, Part 1

Available December 2023

Module Eight: Abolition, Part 2

Available December 2023


About the Syllabus


This syllabus and the first season of The upEND Podcast follow the chapters in Confronting the Racist Legacy of the American Child Welfare System: A Case for Abolition by Alan Dettlaff.

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