AFR 366
African American Urban History Fall 2015 Division II; Cross-listed as AFR366 / HIST370
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In the mid twentieth century, “inner city” became synonymous with poor African Americans living in the urban centers of the industrial North and West. However, urban African American history stretches back to before the Declaration of Independence. African Americans built and dwelled in great cities North and South. This course will explore the history of African Americans in places like New York, Savannah, Chicago, Miami, and Oakland. We will explore such themes as slavery and freedom in cities, migrations to cities in the early 20th century, the shape of Jim Crow in the North, and the contention over the definition of “black” as Caribbean and African migrants came to urban centers after 1960. We will pay particular attention the history of black urban culture and style, reading texts on fashion, music, dance, and leisure. Students will write one book review (2-3 pages), do an oral presentation, and write two papers. One brief research paper (7-10 pages) and one historiographic essay (7-10 pages).
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1627
Requirements/Evaluation: one short book review, one brief research project (7-10 pages), and one historiographic essay
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Africana Studies concentrators and History majors
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives; HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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