Freshman Seminar: African American Activism in History

History 24

Fall 2016
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
Tu 1-2
  • This course does not count for credit toward the History Major but may fulfill other requirements.
  • This seminar will explore the history and politics that shape contemporary African American concerns as expressed in movements like Black Lives Matter. Centering the enduring African American Freedom Struggle, our principal focus will be twofold: 1) the fundamental role of African American activism; and 2), the impact of beliefs in and practices of democracy and equality. We will also necessarily explore the historical origins, development, meanings, and consequences of contemporary colorblind racism: the persistence and depth of structural white supremacy in our own time. One of our core readings will be Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: the On the Same Page text.

    Course Books

    The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander new press. ISBN: 978-1595586438 Required
    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson spiegel & grau. ISBN: 978-0812984965 Required
    Black Against Empire by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. Univ. CA. ISBN: 978-0520-282223 Required