AFR 281 African-American History, 1619-1865 (D)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as HIST281
This course provides an introduction to the history of African Americans in United States during the colonial, early republic, and antebellum eras. The course demonstrates how economically, culturally, and politically, African Americans shaped and were shaped by the historical landscape of the nation. The experience of enslavement necessarily dominates this history, and it is the contours and nuances of slavery--and the development of racial classifications--that give this course its focus. But with a attention centered on African Americans, the course also explores African cultural influences, the significance of gender, the lives of free blacks, and the cultural and intellectual significance of the abolitionist movement. The course closes on the themes that emerge from the war between the states, and on the meaning of freedom and emancipation. Our readings will include primary sources and secondary literature. Class meetings will combine lecture and discussion. Informed participation in class discussion is essential. This EDI course explores the experiences and expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World (and the Old), as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. and/or European hierarchies of race, culture, gender and class.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on short papers, a midterm exam, a final exam, brief in-class writing assignments, and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,HIST Group G Electives - Global History
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 20-25
Class Number: 1432
AFR 281 LEC African-Amer History 1619-1865 (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative
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