Soul Deep: Race, Historical Writing, and Transformation

History 280D.001

Spring 2007
2303 Dwinelle
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Tu 2-4

African American History has yielded an unusually large number of compelling and influential texts in the last several decades. This seminar will examine a selection of pivotal texts in African American History as a window onto critical shifts in: (1) the field itself, (2) historical writing, and (3) American history and consciousness. Possible texts include: Ira Berlin, Many Thousand Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in America; Deborah Gray White, Ar'r't I A Woman: Female Slaves in the Plantation South; Sterling Stuckey, Slave Culture; Lawrence W. Levine, Black Culture and Black Consciousness; Dylan Penningroth, The Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community in the 19th-Century South; Steven Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South From Slavery to the Great Migration; Leon Litwack, Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery; Tera Hunter, To 'Joy My Freedom: Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War; Robin D.G. Kelley, Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class; Charles Payne, I've Got The Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle.

There will be two papers, one of which will be a historiographical essay (15 pp.). The other will be an essay (10-12 pp.) of your own design in consultation with the instructor.