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Race and American Mass Culture
AFAM 219
Fall 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 133, AMST 234

This course examines the twentieth century evolution of African Americans as both the subjects and creators of American mass culture. We will focus on three main areas of American life: sports, movies, and television; the course is organized chronologically and topically. Among the subjects we will cover are boxers from Jack Johnson to Joe Louis to Muhammad Ali, the 1968 "black power" Olympic protests, "race films" and the director Oscar Micheaux, the "ghetto" as a setting in film and television, the "blacksploitation" cinema of the early 1970s, Amos and Andy, and the rise of the black middle class on television. We will use the techniques of social and cultural history to examine several questions, including: What different kinds of images of African Americans have dominated popular culture at different moments? How have African Americans themselves contributed to and rebelled against these depictions? What is the relationship between fictional representations and the real world social and political history?

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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