AMST 167
Let Freedom Ring? African Americans and Emancipation Spring 2015
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed AFR 167 / HIST 167 / AMST 167
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This course will examine African Americans’ transition from slavery to freedom. In the years that encompassed the Civil War and immediately after, most African Americans changed from being legal property, able to be bought, sold, mortgaged, rented out, and leveraged into U.S. citizens, with the Constitutional right to male suffrage. This course examines this transition. How did it come about? To what extent were African Americans able to exercise their rights that the constitution guaranteed? How did Emancipation shape African American family relations, culture and demography? This is a research seminar. We will examine work of historians and discuss the contradictions and nuances of emancipation. Readings will include monographs, scholarly articles and heavy dose of primary sources, as many as possible written by African Americans themselves. Assignments include an original research paper on an aspect of Emancipation. We will devote considerable time throughout the semester to finding primary and secondary sources and on the writing process.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3207
Grading: OPG
Requirements/Evaluation: Research paper, short writing assignments, class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 167 Division II HIST 167 Division II AMST 167 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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