Section Information for Fall 2017
This course is the first part of a two-semester examination of the African American experience in the United States. In this semester, we explore the formation and repercussions of the Atlantic Slave Trade with particular attention to how African culture transformed early American life in the New World. We study the slave experience in colonial New England; plantation life in the South; and the history of free blacks including their participation during the American Revolutionary War. The latter half of the semester focuses on slavery in antebellum America; slave resistance including the Underground Railroad, and the national abolitionist movement. The course concludes with analysis of African American participation in the Civil War as well as studying how enslaved African Americans responded to freedom and Reconstruction after the war.