HIST 379
Black Women in the United States Spring 2021
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed HIST 379 / WGSS 379 / AFR 379
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 5258
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: student participation, three papers, and a brief oral presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History, WGSS, and American Studies Majors, and Africana Concentrators.
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 379 Division II WGSS 379 Division II AFR 379 Division II
DPE Notes: 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.
Attributes: AMST Space and Place Electives
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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