AAS 202 - Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Studies
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Between 1492 and 1867, an estimated 12.5 million enslaved Africans were brought to the Americas, roughly one half landing in the relatively small but economically and strategically important world region of the Caribbean. This massive slave trade shaped the Caribbean’s cultures, economies, and societies. Ever since the early 1500s, African and African-descended people constituted the majority of the region’s population, ranging from the overwhelming to near majority across time and space. Their interaction with European colonists, enslaved native Americans, and their descendants gave rise to a multiplicity of new Afro-American societies and nations.

In this course, we will explore the evolution of Afro-Caribbean society as a window onto the origins and experiences of slavery and freedom, race and racism, imperialism and revolution, and migration and transnationalism. We will focus on the the Greater Antilles from the Haitian Revolution to the present, and especially on twentieth-century Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

Course Requirements:

Grading will be based equally on short papers on the assigned readings and on class participation.

Class Format:

The course is interdisciplinary, using film, literature, and personal testimony in addition to historical works. It is structured around class discussion.

AAS 202 - Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9781583670255
Discourse on colonialism, Author: Aime Cesaire. Transl. by Joan Pinkham. A poetics of anticolonialism / Robin D. G. Kelly., Publisher: Monthly Review Press 2000
ISBN: 9781573220415
Drown, Author: Di?az, Junot, 1968-, Publisher: Riverhead Books 1996
ISBN: 9780674013049
Avengers of the New World : the story of the Haitian Revolution, Author: Dubois, Laurent, 1971-, Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2004
ISBN: 0807847429
The war of 1898 : the United States and Cuba in history and historiography, Author: Louis A. Perez., Publisher: University of North Carolina Press [Online-Au 1998
ISBN: 081352203X
The United States occupation of Haiti : 1915-1934, Author: Hans Schmidt., Publisher: Rutgers Univ. Pr. 1. ed., 2. 1995
ISBN: 9780520260542
Democratic Insecurities. ; Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti., Author: Erica Caple James., Publisher: University of California Press 2010
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