History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-007: Africa during the Era of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
(Fall 2017)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 224

Section Information for Fall 2017

More than twelve million Africans were forcibly transported to the Americas between 1500 and 1866. The mass movement of people from one continent to another was unprecedented in human history and the forced migration of these Africans had a lasting impact on the peoples of Africa, the Americas, and Europe. The aftershocks of the trade can still be felt in politics in the United States, scholarly debates in Africa, and arguments over issues such as reparations for those negatively impacted by the trade. This course examines African history during the period of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. It will provide an overview of important economic and political developments in African societies between the fifteenth and late nineteenth centuries. In this course, we will focus on issues such as African participation in the trade and resistance from both slaves and leaders. We will also highlight African contributions to the Americas. By the end of the semester, you will have gained a greater understanding of the African side of the slave trade, including the turmoil, tragedy, and transformations that occurred on the continent during this period.

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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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