2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CHIST 3322 African American History

The African American experience spans over four hundred years. For centuries, people of African descent in the United States have worked to help the nation realize its ideals of freedom and democracy, particularly since these ideals have been tied to their own status as free citizens. This course examines the shifting meanings of "freedom" and "democracy" for African Americans from the establishment of European colonies and the transatlantic slave trade to the present day in the age of Black Lives Matter. Topics covered include: slavery; the Civil War and Reconstruction; Jim Crow politics; the Great Migration; diaspora, nationalism, and internationalism; the long black freedom struggle and movements for civil rights; radicalism, feminist organizing, and Black Power; ghettoization and the prison industrial complex; and contemporary black politics since 1970.




You must take CLITR 1100 or one 1000- or 2000-level CHIST or CHUMS course before registering for this course