Introduction to Modern African American History|
HIST 242, AMST 238|
This course explores some of the defining social, political, and cultural moments that reflect the experience of African Americans within the United States, Reconstruction to present day. Over the course of the semester, we will focus on several broad themes, including identity, citizenship, agency, and impact. As scholars, we will examine major moments in African American history, including segregation under Jim Crow, the Great Migration, the modern Civil Rights Movement, and the development of hip hop culture.
How did African Americans define their relationship with the nation? How did their notions of race, citizenship, and freedom intersect with broad ideas about class, gender, and culture? How did African Americans challenge the legacies of slavery over the course of the 20th Century? Our semester-long historical investigation will highlight and trace a multitude of events and concepts, all of which will help us to reveal the diversity, breadth, and significance 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)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Jeff Chang, Can┐t Stop, Won┐t Stop
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly short response papers, 2 short essays, 1 exam, 1 final project
|Instructor(s): Wright,Leah M. Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: ALLB103; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 13||FR: 14|