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Tyina Leaneice Steptoe
AFRAM 270
Seattle Campus

The Jazz Age

Interdisciplinary study of period after World War I to Great Crash. Afro-American and Anglo-American currents and impulses that flowed together in the Roaring Twenties. Covers politics of normalcy, economics of margin, literature of indulgence and confusion, transformation of race relations, and cultural influence of jazz. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 270.

Class description

Grounded in African-American Studies, this class covers topics related to popular culture, politics, and economic change, but we will primarily use race, gender, and sexuality as the lens to examine these issues. Lecture topics include: the Great Migration, the influence of black soldiers during World War I, the rise of New Negro consciousness, the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan, race riots and urban discord, feminism, fashion, sexuality, and the cultural influence of jazz and blues.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Sophomore standing; AFRAM 101 or AFRAM/HSTAA 150 recommended

Class assignments and grading

Weekly music lab assignments (which can be found on the course website) require students to analyze music alongside other course material, like lectures and reading assignments. In-class exams combine short answer, essay and multiple choice questions.

Grades are based on participation in class discussions, completion of weekly music lab assignments, a mid-term and final exam, and a final project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Tyina Leaneice Steptoe
Date: 12/06/2009