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Introduction to Modern African American History
AFAM 204
Spring 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: HIST 242, AMST 238

This course analyzes the defining social, political, and cultural moments that reflect the experience of African Americans within the United States--Reconstruction to the present. We will focus on three overarching themes within this period: identity, agency, and impact. As scholars, we will ask fundamental questions that underscore major moments such as the Great Migration, the Civil Rights Movement, and the hip hop revolution.

How did African Americans characterize their relationship with the nation? How did their notions of race, citizenship, and freedom intersect with broad ideas of class, gender, and culture? How did African Americans challenge the legacies of slavery over the course of the 20th century? In our semester-long historical investigation, we will highlight and trace a multitude of events and concepts, all of which will help us to reveal the diversity and breadth of the black experience in modern America.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Students will develop interpretive skills by analyzing and evaluating a variety of primary and secondary sources. Course participants will work on several writing assignments designed to develop their skills in argument, logic, and evidence.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(EDST)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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