African American History

History 280D.002

Fall 2016
3205 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
F 9-12

This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the history of African Americans in the United States, and to the main lines of scholarly thinking about those issues. The readings tilt toward newer material and students will have the chance to engage some of the most exciting scholarship being done today in the field on the relationship between slavery and capitalism, how struggles over black belonging shaped American citizenship and the modern logic of rights, the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality in black freedom struggles, mass incarceration and the rise of the modern American state, and the local and international roots of black politics. We will pay particular attention to the complex relations of power and identity within black social formations. Requirements for this 280 include actively participating in all our discussions, reading one to (occasionally) two books per week, and writing an undergraduate lecture. 

Course Books

Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion by Barbara Dianna Savage Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674066274 Required
A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674017658 Required
Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves by Berlin, Ira Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0674016248 Required
The Lost Promise of Civil Rights by Risa L. Goluboff Harvard Univ. Press. ISBN: 978-0674034693 Required
An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, D.C. by Kate Masur Univ. of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 9780807834145 Required
The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race by John Stauffer Harvard Univ. Press. ISBN: 978-0674013674 Required
More Than Freedom: Fighting for Black Citizenship in a White Republic, 1829-1889 by Stephen Kantrowitz Penguin. ISBN: 9781594203428 Required
Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore by Rockman, Seth Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN: 978-0801890079 Required
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by McGuire, Danielle Vintage. ISBN: 978-0307389244 Required
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime by Hinton, Elizabeth Harvard Univ. Press. ISBN: 978-0674737235 Required
Out of the House of Bondage by Glymph, Thavolia Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN: 978-0521703987 Required
The People and Their Peace: Legal Culture and the Transformation of Inequality in the Post-Revolutionary South by Edwards, Laura Univ. of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0807859322 Required