First-Year Studies: In the Tradition: Introduction to African American History


African American history is an important window into the history of the United States and the rise of the modern world. Students will begin with such classics as The Souls of Black Folk and Up from Slavery. The course will also examine such major developments as the Atlantic slave trade in the making of the modern world; comparative slavery and emancipation; the classic slave narratives; the Civil War and Reconstruction; black populism and grassroots Garveyism; the Great Migration and Harlem Renaissance; the Chicago Black Renaissance and the Negro leagues; making race and nation in the United States, Brazil, and South Africa; the racial politics of New Deal citizenship; African Americans in the city; the rise of blues and jazz; women in the black revolt; civil rights and Black Power; and the Black Arts Renaissance.