Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HIST 4357 Section 001
MW Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Survey of African Amer History

Description of Course:

This survey course examines the African-American experience in the United States from 1619 through the present. Prominent themes include the origins of slavery and racism; the consolidation of antebellum slavery after the American Revolution; the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; the Jim Crow South; black life in the urban North and the development of the modern Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath.

Required Texts:

1. Clayborne Carson, The Struggle for Freedom: A History of African Americans, Concise Edition, Combined Volume (Pearson, 2012)
ISBN # 978-0205832408

2. Frederick Douglass, David Blight ed., Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself, 2nd edition (Bedford St. Martin, 2002)
ISBN # 978-0312257378

3. Richard Wright, Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth (Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008)
ISBN # 978-0061130243

4. Chana Kai Lee, For Freedom’s Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer (University Illinois Press, 2000)
ISBN # 978-0252069369

5. Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power (Anchor Books, 1993)
ISBN # 978-0385471077

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

2 exams and 1 short paper; course attendance and participation.

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