AFR 167
Let Freedom Ring? African Americans and Emancipation Fall 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as AFR167 / HIST167 / AMST167

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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: Type: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1229
Requirements/Evaluation: research paper, short writing assignments, class participation
Prerequisites: First-Years and Sophomores
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada; JLST Interdepartmental Electives;

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