African American History, 1444-1877|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Course Cluster: Caribbean Studies Minor|
In 1619 Dutch traders arrived in Jamestown, Virginia with 19 captured Africans, the first slaves in what became the United States. By 1860, the eve of the Civil War, one in eight Americans was an enslaved person of African descent. This course introduces students to the first two and a half centuries of African American history, from the beginning of North American slavery to slavery's destruction and the resulting battles over African American freedom. We will explore how people of African descent have experienced and responded to slavery, colonialism, and cultural constructions of race, as well as analyzing African American-led struggles over freedom and citizenship in the context of the American Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the Civil War. Through a comparative framework, we will also consider the U.S. within international, even global, histories of race, slavery, and freedom.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AFST-MN)(AMST)(CBST-MN)
Chinua Achebe, THINGS FALL APART
David Brion Davis, INHUMAN BONDAGE: THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE NEW WORLD
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 in-class essays, research essay, and final examination
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
You are expected to attend two weekly lectures, to read documents/chapters, and to regularly participate in discussions.