Karla Kelling Sclater
History of Africans in America from slave trade through the Civil War, with emphasis on how gender informed African-American experience. Topics include slave trade, middle passage, life in plantation south, culture, family structure and resistance, and the experience of free blacks, North and South.
This course examines African American history from the Atlantic Slave Trade to the development of Jim Crow segregation in the South. We will survey both free and enslaved blacks' experiences in colonial North America, paying attention to regional differences that influenced living and labor conditions. Another theme we will explore is the relationship between race and democracy and citizenship. We will also investigate how gender, family, and community affected people’s lives, and what changes occurred over time.
Student learning goals
In addition to learning about the United States’ past through African American experiences, students will learn to sharpen analytical skills by examining primary and secondary sources.
General method of instruction
Lectures and discussion
No prerequisites are required.
Class assignments and grading