AFR 246
African American History Fall 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AFR 246 / HIST 281
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This course surveys African-American history from 1619 to the present, focusing on the development of racial capitalism, how black people constructed institutional and communal life, and their engagement in politics. We will reconsider many of the foundational stories of U.S. history from the perspective of people of African descent. Major topics include the creation of an “Atlantic world”; the diversity of slave experiences; black people’s roles in fighting for abolition, in the Civil War, and for equality during Reconstruction; the rise and fall of Jim Crow, including history of the great migration; and, finally the civil rights movement and its aftermath. Lectures and readings, which will include historical monographs and primary sources of various types, will allow us to examine how black people have sought to both contest and make meaning of their experiences in America, as well as some of the ways in which historians have grappled with those experiences. The class will be a mix of lecture and discussion.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 30
Class#: 2102
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Coursework to be evaluated includes informal writing and class discussion, two formal papers, and a take-home final exam
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 246 Division II HIST 281 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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