AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 004 Transforming History: Haiti, Cuba, and the Caribbean Region
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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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 institution of slavery around the globe. The 1959 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 at large.

This class is DAAS's capstone course. The class focuses on writing and research skills as well as on the exchange of ideas and collective analysis of the assigned texts.

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AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
005 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780226065830
The craft of research, Author: Booth, Wayne C., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1995
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: 9780807824375
The war of 1898 : the United States and Cuba in history and historiography, Author: Pe?rez, Louis A., 1943-, Publisher: University of North Carolina Press 1998
ISBN: 9780585071336
The United States occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934, Author: Schmidt, Hans, 1938-, Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1995
ISBN: 9781588260604
Haiti's predatory republic : the unending transition to democracy, Author: Fatton, Robert., Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers 2002
ISBN: 0312610416
A pocket guide to writing in history, Publisher: Bedford/St.Martin's 2012
ISBN: 0520260538
Democratic insecurities : violence, trauma, and intervention in Haiti, Author: James, Erica Caple, 1966-, Publisher: University of California Press 2010
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