HISTORY 274 - Survey of Afro-American History I
Fall 2023, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 111.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/28/23 - 12/6/23 (see other Sections below)
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This course analyzes the history of African-Americans to 1877, with a special focus on African American arts and artists working in various media and traditions. As one of the courses included in the LSA-themed semester focusing on Arts and Resistance, this course will tell the history of African Americans through the lens of visual art, music, and performance. Along the way, we will consider the early history of African Americans in an effort to chronicle the long history of race, slavery, and gender in the country. We will explore some of the major debates in African American history, and students will be encouraged to form opinions and convictions on these major issues. The course is interactive and includes sources from the lived experience of African-Americans including songs, folktales, and visual culture.

Course Requirements:

Short essays and class discussion

Intended Audience:

This course is open and accessible to all, including students that have not taken AAS 111

Class Format:



HISTORY 274 - Survey of Afro-American History I
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
8/28/23 - 12/6/23

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