Search | Directories | Reference Tools
UW Home > Discover UW > Student Guide > Course Catalog 

Instructor Class Description

Time Schedule:

Stephanie M. H. Camp
HSTAA 321
Seattle Campus

Becoming Black Americans

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.

Class description

This course surveys the history of African people and their descendants in the U.S. from the slave trade through the end of Reconstruction and into the beginning of the era of Jim Crow segregation. We will read the work of historians and primary documents from the periods of study. We will focus, in particular, on black identity in slavery and freedom. We will debate the influence of Africa on African Americans, the importance of slave resistance and the meanings of freedom.

Student learning goals

To learn the history of black Americans during this period;

To debate issues based on evidence (primary and secondary sources);

To improve writing skills;

To think critically about identity and "community."

General method of instruction

Lectures and discussions.

Recommended preparation

Willingness to read carefully, discuss earnestly, and write and revise.

Class assignments and grading

This class is a combination of lecture and discussion. Lectures will provide background, while readings and discussions will focus on details and debates; discussions (based on readings) will be held during *each* bi-weekly meeting. Students will be graded on their participation, reading responses, discussion, two exams and a source paper.

Class Participation: 20% Reading Responses: 20% Two exams: 20% each Source paper: 20%


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Stephanie M. H. Camp
Date: 04/12/2007