PSCI 379
Cuba, US, Africa, and Resistance to Black Enslavement, 1791-1991 Fall 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AFR 372 / AMST 400 / GBST 400 / PSCI 379 / INTR 400

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This seminar focuses on the entwined histories of liberation movements against racism, enslavement, and imperialism in the US, Cuba and Africa. Readings include: Hugh Thomas, Cuba: A History; Che Guevara: The Motorcycle Diaries; Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa; Laird Bergad, The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States; Thomas Sankara, Women’s Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle; Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, How Far We Slaves Have Come! Students will read and analyze texts, screen documentaries, collectively compile a comprehensive bibliography, and present group analyses. The seminar is open to all students; however, priority is given to seniors majoring in American Studies.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1984
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Reading and analysis of texts, collective compilation of a comprehensive bibliography, presentation of group analyses; two brief papers due at midterm and the end of the semester
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Seniors majoring in American Studies
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 372 Division II AMST 400 Division II GBST 400 Division II PSCI 379 Division II INTR 400 Division II
DPE Notes: This course addresses international, anti-colonial solidarity between Blacks in the US, Cuba, Africa. It tracks the evolution of "racial capitalism," noting intersections between enslavers in the US and Cuba, and accumulation of wealth through the Atlantic slave trade. Students will analyze the powers of the enslaved, tracing history, political economies, culture, violence, and dispossession, to emphasize resistance to human bondage and successful and compromised revolutions in Cuba and the US.
Attributes: AMST 400-level Senior Seminars

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