HIST 379 Black Women in the United States (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as AFR379, WGSS379
As slaves and free women, activists, domestics, artists and writers, African Americans have played exciting and often unexpected roles in U.S. political, social, and cultural history. In this course we will examine black women's lives from the earliest importation of slaves from Africa and the Caribbean through to the expansion of slavery, the Civil War, freedom, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movements, and up to the present day. Consistent themes we will explore are the significance of gender in African American history and the changing roles and public perceptions of black women both inside and outside the black community. We will read and discuss a combination of primary and secondary sources; we will also consider music, art, and literature, as well as more standard "historical" texts. This course meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it focuses on empathetic understanding, power and privilege, especially in relation to class, gender, and race within a U.S. context.
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on student participation, three papers, and a brief oral presentation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors and Africana Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15-20
Class Number: 3732
HIST 379 LEC Black Women in the U.S. (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Gretchen Long
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