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Stephanie M. H. Camp
HSTAA 322
Seattle Campus

African-American History, 1865 To The Present

African-American experience from Reconstruction to the present, emphasizing the variety of African-American political expression. Gender and class differences closely examined, as well as such constructs as "community," "race," and "blackness."

Class description

This survey course begins in the Jim Crow years, looking at black life and labor at the turn of the century. We will study the sharecropping system, lynching, and the Booker T. Washington-W.E.B. DuBois debate about how best to "uplift" the black community. We will study both organized and unorganized efforts to fight segregation and racial injustice over the 20th century, including the "everyday" resistance of black bus riders in Birmingham, and the organized efforts that went into overturning legal segregation. Gender and class differences will be examined closely. After studying some of the historical gender and class differences within the black "community," our attention will go to serious interrogation of such constructs as "race" and "blackness."

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Willingness to read 200 plus pages per week.

Class assignments and grading

Exams, journals, class participation, and papers.


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.
Last Update by Edmund K. Kamai
Date: 02/01/1999