AFR 246
African American History, 1619-1865 Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 281 / AFR 246

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This course provides an introduction to the history of African Americans in United States during the colonial, early republic, and antebellum eras. The experience of enslavement necessarily dominates this history, and it is the contours and nuances of slavery-and the development of racial classifications-that give this course its focus. We will also explore African cultural influences, the significance of gender, the lives of free blacks, and the cultural and intellectual significance of the abolitionist movement. The course closes on the themes that emerge from the Civil War, and on the meaning of freedom and emancipation. Our readings will include primary sources and secondary literature. Class meetings will combine lecture and discussion. Informed participation in class discussion is essential. This Power etc course explores the experiences and expressions of the culturally diverse peoples of African descent in the New World (and the Old), as well as the myriad ways in which they confront, negotiate, and at times challenge dominant U.S. and/or European hierarchies of race, culture, gender and class.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 30
Expected: 20
Class#: 4027
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, short informal writing assignments, three formal papers from 3-7 pages, and a final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 281 Division II AFR 246 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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