AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 001 Black Radical Detroit
Term: FA 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).
Primary Instructor:

This course is a research seminar on Detroit-based activists James and Grace Lee Boggs and the history of Detroit during the second half of the 20th century. As both activists and thinkers, the Boggses helped to shape the radical stream of the postwar black freedom movement. They also were pivotal figures in Detroit grassroots political struggles. Through their four decades of marriage and political partnership, Grace and James Boggs analyzed and participated in a range of social movements and struggles—from the socialist Left, to the Black Power movement, to rebuilding America’s post-industrial cities, among others. We will explore their ideas and activism as a way to better understand Detroit’s recent history. The primary requirement for this course is an original research paper based on primary sources. In addition, the following is expected of all students: timely completion of reading assignments; consistent participation in class discussions; a rough draft of your research paper; and two short writings assignments.

AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
F 10:00AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (SEM)
Tu 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9780520272590
The next American revolution : sustainable activism for the twenty-first century, Publisher: University of California Press 2012
ISBN: 0814332560
Pages from a Black radical's notebook : a James Boggs reader, Author: Boggs, James., Publisher: Wayne State University Press 2011
ISBN: 9780816629541
Living for change : an autobiography, Author: Boggs, Grace Lee., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 1998
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