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AFR 363
Framing American Slavery Fall 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AFR 363 / AMST 368 / HIST 368

Class Details

Readings in American Slavery This course will delve into how and what historians have written about US slavery for the last century or so. Rather than marching through time, like we might in a survey course, we’ll explore the nooks and crannies of slavery’s history. We’ll consider gender and sexuality, labor and capitalism, regional difference, maritime culture, and every day life. We’ll compare histories produced well before the Civil Rights Movement to books written afterward. We’ll consider the obstacles and challenges Black scholars faced in the academy and consider the significance of their work. Finally, we’ll examine slavery’s role in today’s world, beginning with the institution’s relationship with American universities and continuing on to the recent protests against monuments and statues.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 2941
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Four written essays/reviews, final paper. Students must also complete reading and contribute to class discussions.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Priority given to History, American Studies, and Africana Studies concentrators/ majors.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 363 Division II AMST 368 Division II HIST 368 Division II
DPE Notes: This course will explicitly examine how power worked and changed during the centuries of legal slavery in the United States. Since lawmakers joined power and violence to definitions of whiteness and blackness, we will study how these definitions emerged and changed over time. Students will address issues of violence, legal and extra legal means of continuing slavery through changing political and economic conditions. Additionally, the course will consider the racial barriers in the academy.

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