American Studies

Cleavon Gilman - Diversity and Mobility in the U.S.

After graduating in 2009, Cleavon completed a post-Baccalaureate in Physiology at California State University East Bay. In 2016 he became of Doctor of Medicine after completing training at UCSF, and currently serves as an emergency medicine resident physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Area of Concentration Courses

Sociology 140: Political Sociology
African American Studies 159: Hip Hop
Peace and Conflict Studies 125AC: War, Culture, & Society
Chicano Studies 180:Topics in Chicano Studies
Ethnic Studies 103A: Racialization and Empire
Education 190:Current Issues in Education


Cleavon Gilman : - "William Nelson Colson: The Effects of Northernization and Francization on Southern Negroes in the Pursuit of Unequivocal Equality (1915-1922)" (Class of 2009)

Through the life and social experience of United States Army Second Lieutenant William Nelson Colson Cleavon Gilman’s honors thesis examines the manner in which the Northernization and subsequent Francization of Southern Negro soldiers during the 1910s and 20s produced an unprecedented amount of conscientious objectors. A comparison between the post-Reconstruction and Civil War generations shows that the latter was more passive towards whites because they lived under slave rule. On the other hand, the Northernization of the post-Reconstruction generation produced conscientious objectors dissatisfied with southern living conditions; consequently, many Northernized Negroes chose to remain in the North where racism was much more negligible. Furthermore, the Francization of the Northernized Negro solider during World War I produced the unprecedented militant New Negro solider who militantly demanded equality when provoked or witnessed injustices towards other Negroes.

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