Stephanie M. H. Camp
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."
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
Willingness to read 200 plus pages per week.
Class assignments and grading
Exams, journals, class participation, and papers.