African American History Course

This course will examine the history of people of African descent in the United States from 1619 up to the present. Topics will include the Atlantic Slave Trade, chattel slavery, abolition, reconstruction, the Jim Crow era, the Nadir period, the World Wars, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, the election of Barack Obama, and current events. The course will use an interdisciplinary lens, using traditional historical sources, visual art, literature, music, among others. This course will employ the scholarship of both male and female African American thinkers, writers, leaders, and historians. This course will be geared towards juniors and seniors, but will be open to everyone. This course will deepen the student’s understanding of U.S. History using multiple perspectives.