History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-008: Africans in the Americas
(Spring 2017)

Krug Hall 210

Section Information for Spring 2017

This undergraduate course is designed to introduce students to the history of resistance and protest in the Atlantic World from slavery to the post-emancipation era. We will focus on the struggles of people of African descent to attain freedom and equality and explore the different ways black people responded to slavery, colonialism, and racial oppression (both legal and extralegal). With significant emphasis on the voices of protest in the Caribbean and the United States, students will explore how diverse ideas about slavery, freedom, citizenship, gender, class, and equality have shaped the politics of resistance in the Atlantic World. Through lectures, literature, film, biographies, and discussion students will examine the different histories of black protest and the obstacles to black freedom and equality. We will especially focus on the experiences and resistance strategies of black women. At the end of this course students should be able to think in a more critical fashion about the struggle of slaves and their descendants for freedom and equality. Students will also gain a better understanding of the global dimensions of black protest and makings and meanings of freedom in the Atlantic World.

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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