AAS 231 - Survey of Afro-American History, II
Winter 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 111.
Other Course Info:
(African-American Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This course analyzes the history of African-Americans from 1877 to the present. The last 150 years have marked tremendous shifts for African-Americans from the threat of being lashed to the threat of being lynched; from a predominantly agricultural sharecropping class to an overwhelmingly urban underclass. More recently, African American life and culture has been punctuated by the rise of the Prison Industrial Complex and the emergence of Barack Obama as the first African American president. In this course, we will study the legal and social development of racial discrimination along with the varied and persistent forms of resistance that African-Americans have adopted in response. This course covers a wide expanse of time and geography including the massive migrations of African-Americans to northern cities and to westward lands, the strange career of ‘Jim Crow’, along with the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power and the Conservative backlash of the 1980s and 1990s. The artistic production of African Americans comprises a major component of this course, linking, for example, the rise of the Blues and Jazz to the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and Hip Hop. Students will be encouraged to analyze primary source documents in order to develop a better sense of history as a lived experience

Course Requirements:

Weekly readings, short essays.

Intended Audience:

All students at all levels interested in African American History.


AAS 231 - Survey of Afro-American History, II
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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