Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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.
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 Freedomâ€™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.