HIST 371
The City in African American History Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 383

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This course will explore African American urban life in the twentieth century. In particular we will examine the complicated role that cities have played in African American history, serving simultaneously as sites of exclusion and exploitation, and as sites of community organizing and institution building. Through engaging with a variety of case studies, students will examine the ways that African American struggles for equality and self-determination have shaped, and been shaped by, the urban environment in the modern US. Topics of study will include the Great Migration; redlining, real estate, and residential segregation; crime, policing, and surveillance; suburbanization, urban divestment, and the “urban crisis”; municipal politics and policy making.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 15-20
Class#: 3975
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active participation in class discussion, three 5-6 page essays, a digital history exercise, and a final 8-10 page independent research paper
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Preference to History majors and Africana Studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 371 Division II AFR 383 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada

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