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Early African American History, 1619-1865
AFAM 203 SP
This course will examine the history of the Blacks in the New World from the fifteenth to the late nineteenth century. Beginning with the expansion of Europeans into then newly discovered lands in Africa and the
this class explores the Middle Passage, the history of slavery and emancipation in a hemispheric context, as well as the ideology of race during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The course adopts a disaporic
in order to demonstrate the world-systemic nature of the history of Blacks in the Americas, and therefore it aims to show that rather than constituting a "minority," Blacks represent one of the founding civilizations
with Western Europeans and the Indigenous populations) to the cultural matrix defining of the Americas.
Colin A. Palmer, PASSAGEWAYS (1997)
Steven Mintz, ed., AFRICAN AMERICAN VOICES (1993)
David Northrup, ed., ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE (1994)
Philip D. Morgan, SLAVE COUNTERPOINT (1998)
AFRICANS IN COLONIAL LOUISIANA
J.O. and L.E. Horton, IN HOPE OF LIBERTY (1997)
Sylvia Frey, WATER FROM THE ROCK (1990)
Virginia Ex-Slaves, ed by Charles Perdue, WEEVILS IN WHEAT (1976)
Ira Berlin, et al., eds.,
FREEDOM'S SOLDIERS (1998)
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
One documentary analysis (33% of your grade); one essay (33%); and a final document/essay mix (34%).
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
You are expected to attend two weekly lectures, to read documents/chapters, and to regularly participate in discussions.
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