As slaves and free women, activists, domestics, artists and writers, African Americans have played exciting and often unexpected roles in U.S. political, social, and cultural history. In this course we will examine black women’s lives from the earliest importation of slaves from Africa and the Caribbean through to the expansion of slavery, the Civil War, freedom, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights movements, and up to the present day. Consistent themes we will explore are the significance of gender in African American history and the changing roles and public perceptions of black women both inside and outside the black community. We will read and discuss a combination of primary and secondary sources; we will also consider music, art, and literature, as well as more standard “historical” texts.
Format: lecture; discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
student participation, three papers, and a brief oral presentation
History, WGSS, and American Studies Majors, and Africana Concentrators.
Difference, Power, and Equity
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
This course meets the Difference,Power, and Equity requirement. The course focuses on empathetic understanding, power, and privilege, especially in relation to class, gender, and race within a U.S. context. We will study the ways in which the conflicts arose within the Black community and how Black women, usually without official positions as leaders, emerged as organizers and leaders in political and social movements.
AMST Space and Place Electives
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses