Introduction to Modern African American History|
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.
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(EDST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Leon F. Litwack Trouble in Mind
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
James Grossman, Land of Hope
Clayborne Carson, ed., The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2 papers, 2 exams
|Instructor(s): Wright,Leah M. Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: DWNY113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 12||FR: 12|
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