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Stephanie M. H. Camp
HIST 498
Seattle Campus

Colloquium in History

Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.

Class description

HIST 498YA Black Women in the United States, 1800-1972 S. Camp

This seminar for seniors and motivated juniors investigates the experiences of black women in the United States from the gendered origins of racial slavery in the British North American colonies through 19th-century slavery and into the Black Power movement of the late 1960s. We will read secondary sources about the lives, labors and politics of black women in the plantation South, in the free North and in freedom. We will study conflicts among black women; how black women’s (diverse) politics and labor have shaped larger black politics and life; and how black women have been represented and have represented themselves.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Recommended Preparation Willingness to read and engage with readings in a seminar environment; willingness to engage in primary source research and to write a major research paper.

Class assignments and grading

Class Assignments and Grading Class participation (informed discussion of class readings, which include works by Kathleen Brown, Nell Painter, Tera Hunter, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, and Elaine Brown); weekly response papers; reading review; bibliography;, final research paper (12-15 pages); occasional progress reports.

Required Reading Elaine Brown, A Taste of Power Joanne Gibson Robinson, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It Course pack


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: 03/06/2000