CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 005 Transforming History: Haiti, Cuba, and the Caribbean Region
Term: WN 2011
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Despite their relatively small size, the neighboring nations of Haiti and Cuba have played disproportionately large roles in shaping world history. Each was the site of one of the world's most dramatic revolutions, suddenly transforming the basic structures of society and variously inspiring and terrifying people around the globe with new visions and possibilities. Both the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804) and the 1959 Cuban Revolution embodied radical egalitarian dreams, probably the most radical in the history of the Americas, for eliminating class and racial hierarchies. The Haitian Revolution forged an unprecedented world of universal freedom and racial equality and inaugurated a century-long process of emancipation that dismantled the age-old institution of slavery around the globe. The Cuban Revolution quickly terminated the island's capitalist economy and envisaged the elimination of all social and economic inequalities, including discrimination based on race and gender. Both the Haitian and Cuban Revolutions, however, failed to produce political democracies. This course will treat the vexed histories of Haiti and Cuba with a focus on their revolutions, their relations with the United States, and their overall significance within world history. We will also discuss related themes in the Caribbean region in general, particularly in the neighboring nations of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This class is CAAS's capstone course. It focuses on writing and research skills as well as on exchanging ideas and collective analysis of the assigned texts. Participants will write book reviews, an analysis of a primary source, and a prospectus for a research paper.

CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0226065669
The craft of research, Author: Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 3rd ed. 2008
ISBN: 031244673X
A pocket guide to writing in history, Author: Mary Lynn Rampolla., Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's 5th ed. 2007
ISBN: 0674013042
Avengers of the New World : the story of the Haitian Revolution, Author: Laurent Dubois., Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0807824372
The war of 1898 : the United States and Cuba in history and historiography, Author: Louis A. Perez, Jr., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press [Nachdr.] 1998
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 081352203X
The United States occupation of Haiti : 1915 - 1934, Author: Hans Schmidt., Publisher: Rutgers Univ. Pr. 1. ed., 2. 1995
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1588260852
Haiti's predatory republic : the unending transition to democracy, Author: Robert Fatton, Jr., Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers 2002
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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