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."
The History of African Americans has been a paradox of incredible triumph in the face of tremendous human tragedy. This course will present a detailed examination of the black experience in the United States from 1890 to the present to provide an understanding of the role African Americans have placed in the history of the American nation and an assessment of why they were, until the recent past, excluded from the promise of American democracy. We will analyze the various political, economic, social, and cultural strategies African Americans have employed to survive in an overwhelmingly hostile environment and assess their prospects as they make the final frontal assault of the structure of racially discriminatory institutions. Is the battle against racism and discrimination over? This course will attempt to answer that question. This is a writing course (W)
Student learning goals
The primary goal of this course is the convey the rich and diverse history of African America in the 20th and 21st Centuries. The course is also designed to explore the history of race in the United States as it affects the interaction of African Americans and other groups in the society in order to generate a greater understanding of contemporary issues of race and how they impact every citizen of the nation.
General method of instruction
This is a lecture course with periodic opportunities for discussion and for questions and answers.
HSTAA 321 is recommended but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Each student's course grade is based on three exercises: a midterm examination, a final examination, and a 10 page research paper. Papers on Pacific Northwest history topics are especially encouraged. A paper prospectus indicating the topic you have chosen and the major sources you will use, is due by the fourth Friday of the term. Your completed paper should be handed in by the last regularly scheduled class meeting of the quarter.
Grading Percentages: Midterm Examination 30% Final Examination 30% Research Paper 30% Classroom Participation 10%