Soul Power: African American History 1861-1980

History 125B

Fall 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A
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  • This course will examine the history of African Americans and race relations from the Civil War and Emancipation (1861-1865) through the modern African American Freedom Struggle (1954-1980), concluding with the post-Civil Rights-Black Power era (1980-2012). Major social, cultural, political, and economic developments will be emphasized.  Possible texts: Tera Hunter, To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors After the Civil War; John Hope Franklin, ed., Three Negro Classics [including: W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk; Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery; James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man]; Lisa Levenstein, A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia; Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. There will be two exams -- a midterm and a final -- and two short response papers.

Course Books

Black Against Empire by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. California. ISBN: 978-0-520-28222-3 Required
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander The New Press. ISBN: 978-1-59558-643-8 Required
A Movement Without Marches by Lisa Levenstein UNC. ISBN: 978-0-8078-7164-5 Required
Brown v. Board of Education by Waldo E. Martin, Jr. Bedford. ISBN: 978-0-312-11152-6 Required
Three Negro Classics by John Hope Franklin Avon. ISBN: 978-0-380-01581-8 Required
To 'Joy My freedom by Tera W. Hunter Harvard. ISBN: 9-780674-89308-5 Required