HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
Section: 001 Mobility and Migrations in African American History
Term: FA 2020
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

“Even as a kid,” remembered former First Lady of the United States Michele Obama, “I understood that the South was knit into me, [a] part of my heritage.” In her memoir Becoming, the Chicago native discusses her parents’ decision to join millions of other African Americans who left the Southern United States in pursuit of a better life and how that shaped her upbringing. Her husband, former President Barack Obama, is the product of another important migration in which people from the African continent immigrated to the United States during the second half of the twentieth century. This course asks how movement (forced and voluntary, physical and imagined) shaped the experiences/demographics of African-descended peoples in the United States. This course will consider four broad movements of people: The Transatlantic Slave Trade, Domestic Slave Trade, Great Migrations (including Return Migrations to the South) and Immigrations from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Students will analyze how these migrations and understandings of mobility (or the ability to move easily) shaped political ideologies, cultural forms, community structures, demographics and intimate life. Course materials include interdisciplinary scholarship, documentaries and podcasts, as well as an array of primary sources (poetry, visual arts, music, newspapers, short stories, etc.).

HISTORY 497 - History Colloquium
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001 (SEM)
5LSA Jr>
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: All sections of 497: Initially reserved for Junior and Senior History Majors, these courses are enrolled by override only. The number of seats available (if any) will appear under "Open Restricted Seats." Interested non-History Juniors and Seniors, as well as History Majors who did not complete the pre-registration, must contact Sheila (history-cc@umich.edu) to receive an override for a closed section.
002 (SEM)
9LSA Jr>
M 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (SEM)
Tu 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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