Introduction to Modern African American History|
HIST 242, AMST 238|
This course explores the history of blacks in the United States since the end of Reconstruction, focusing both on the relationship between blacks and the American state and the changing attitudes among blacks about their position and status in the American nation. Although freed slaves were made citizens of the United States at the end of the Civil War, in the last 140 years, African Americans have been forced to fight for the full rights of citizenship. This course will examine how demographic, economic and political changes since the 1870s have affected blacks and will focus on the many ways in which African Americans have struggled to achieve freedom and equality in American society. Topics the course covers include urban migration, the impact of the Depression, WWI and WWII, on African Americans, the Civil Rights Movement, modern Black Nationalism and the status of blacks in the post-Civil Rights era. The class seeks to illustrate the diversity of the African American experience since Reconstruction, with a particular emphasis on class and gender issues.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Carol Anderson, EYES OFF THE PRIZE
Ida Mae Holland, FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
James Grossman, LAND OF HOPE
Steven Lawson & Charles Payne, DEBATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1945-1968
Ira Katznelson, WHEN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WAS WHITE
Stephanie Shaw, WHAT A WOMAN OUGHT TO BE AND DO
Richard Wright, BLACK BOY
Malcolm X, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X
Jonathan Rosenberg, HOW FAR THE PROMISED LAND?
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly online posting; one short paper (3-4 pages); one longer paper (7-8 pages); midterm, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Course requirements include two weekly lectures; weekly readings of 150-200 pages, and participation in in-class learning groups and online discussions of the course material.
|Instructor(s): Romano,Renee Christine Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: -6||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 12||FR: 14|