Topics in U.S. History
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Study of historical topics or periods of special interest.
Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different.
Section Information from the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2011
Modern African American Art: From Emancipation to the Civil Rights Era —
Suzanne E. Smith
12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Enterprise Hall 174
This course traces modern African American history (1865-present) through visual and public art. Beginning with emancipation from slavery after the Civil War and concluding with the unveiling of the new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall, the course explores how race relations in the United States were reflected in artistic forms including: painting, sculpture, public memorials, and photography. Most significantly, the course examines how visual and public art act as critical agents in the formation of collective memory about race and racial conflict in modern American culture.
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