Course Topics

HIST 112: Survey of U.S. History Since 1877

This course surveys American history since Reconstruction, exploring transformations in American politics, society, and culture. Though it is wide-ranging, it has as a unifying theme the question of how and why people have defined the American nation in different ways, and how those ideas have related to race and gender. Topics covered include the end of the westward expansion after the Civil War and Indian resistance, industrialization, immigration, World War I, African American migration and cultural innovation, the cultural turmoil of the 1920s, the Depression and New Deal, the Second World War at home and abroad, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, other social movements, the Vietnam war and the anti-war movement, cultural politics in the 1970s, the new conservatism and 1980s culture wars, the 1990s, 9/11, the Gulf War, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
Spring 2013 Syllabus

AFST/HIST 135: African-American History

This course is a survey of African-American history from the fifteenth century to the present. Eras and topics include the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery in the Americas, the Civil War and Emancipation, segregation, the Great Migration, the Great Depression and World War II, the modern black freedom struggle, and the post-civil rights era. The class emphasizes how African Americans constructed individual and collective selves, created livelihoods, formed families, communities, and institutions, fashioned cultures, defined citizenship, and consistently defied notions of a monolithic "black community." Centering African Americans' words, actions, and artistic creations and the ways they interacted with other cultures and peoples within the Americas and abroad, this course investigates how African Americans shaped and were shaped by the many worlds they traversed.
Fall 2013 Syllabus

AFST/HIST 185: "Free at Last" Global Anti-Apartheid Movement

How should oppressed peoples fight against the powers that oppress them? How should different ethnic, national, and racial groups interact with each other and with their government? How should the government treat these different groups? How can violent conflict be resolved and both sides learn to live with each other? How should we remember and document these conflicts and resolutions? These are pressing questions we face today in many areas around the globe. We can study the beginnings of answers by investigating a recent global movement—the world-wide anti-apartheid struggle. Students will become investigators through this course by examining several different multi-media sources, including a seven-part documentary about the anti-apartheid movement entitled "Have You Heard from Johannesburg,"? online interviews and podcasts with participants, oral histories, autobiographies, and newspaper sources. We will travel the globe as we meet activists from many different nations engaged in the anti-apartheid struggle and ask what made their activism more or less effective. The course will cultivate critical thinking skills, ask philosophical questions, and examine historical sources.
J-Term 2013 Syllabus

AFST/HIST 235: Destiny or Deliverance? Civil Rights and Black Power in the United States

In this course, we will ask whether the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Era were America’s destiny (towards which it has always been headed), a deliverance rescuing America from its racist past, or something altogether different. Did the end of Jim Crow change American life or did it actually hide fundamental, on-going racial strife in American society? In an attempt to answer these questions, we will cover the mass protests of the thirties and forties, the direct action campaigns of the fifties and sixties, and black liberation struggles that stretched into the seventies. We will do this by analyzing media such as speeches, music, film, television, oral histories, and photography.
Fall 2013 Syllabus

AFST/HIST/WGST 239: Special Topics in History - Queer Bronzeville: Intersectional Identities in 20th Century Black Chicago

Description: There are two assumptions alive and well in our current world: that African Americans tend to be more homophobic than other cultures and that the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the Gay Rights Movement were two separate entities. This class, by examining the history of Queer Bronzeville, will challenge both of those assumptions by looking at original documents produced by the members of that community. We will have an opportunity, as a class, to travel to Chicago, meet with elders of the community and hear their experiences throughout the momentous 20th century, listen to blues music, research queer stories in the archives, and attend the DuSable Museum of African American History. As a class, we will analyze the urbanization of African Americans in the twentieth century, with a focus on Chicago. In addition, we will consider the intersectional identities that black people forged for themselves, in negotiation with identities imposed upon them by the external society. We will read a novel, essays by sexologists, texts by historians, and articles in the Chicago Defender, Ebony, and Jet. Students will be responsible for two papers and an oral presentation. (Hist, Intercultural). Same as AFST and WGST 239. For WGST, it fits within Culture and Society)

Fees: Class will include a half-week trip to Chicago. Dr. Anderson will update this website with the estimated costs for this trip when it becomes available.

GWS/HIST 290: Gender and Women's History - Speaking for Ourselves: The History of African American Women

Is Beyonce in control of her own image or is her image dictated by the media surrounding her and the audience consuming her music and videos? The answers to this question can only be understood within the full context of U.S. History. For the past three hundred years, African American women have struggled to define themselves in the face of persistent stereotyping by the national media, slave-owners, black men, and white women. This class will examine primary sources from black women about their lives, as well as historical monographs about the time periods in which black women lived. We will discuss the periods from the early twentieth century to the modern Hip Hop era. Students will be expected to present and lead discussion, read the weekly materials, and participate in a class-wide research project. (Same as GWS 290) (HBSSM, Hist)

AFST/HIST 337: Pan African History

An introduction to the ideas and movements that developed in efforts to unite African people spread throughout the world by the slave trade. The course examines key African and Diasporic African intellectual and ideological responses to enslavement and colonization, and subsequently to economic, social, and political marginalization. The course starts with an exploration of African American separatist discourse during the Americans' Revolutionary periods, moves through New World emancipation of slaves, colonization in Africa, and concludes with national movements and liberation struggles in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Prerequisite: PAID 112 or equivalent. (Same as AFRS 337) (HB, HEPT, Hist, Intcl)

Paideia 111/112: Paideia I/II

A two-semester common course for all first-year students that addresses questions central to the human condition. It develops students' ability to read, write, analyze, discuss, and research by engaging with works from across the disciplines, drawn from different time periods and parts of the globe. As a signature course and a foundation for liberal learning, "Enduring Questions" is taught by faculty from all divisions of the college. Students must successfully complete the course to graduate and are not allowed to withdraw from Paideia 111 and 112

Paideia 450 - The Color of Change: Black Intellectual Thought and Social Change in America - Team-taught with Guy Nave and Novian Whitsitt

This course will take students on a journey through the intellectual landscape of the black American experience. From the moment of their arrival upon American shores, blacks began creating intellectual analyses of racial oppression, seeking to observe, comment upon, and transform a world which limited their social inclusion. Provocative thought committed to creating a more just and ethical America has come from the likes of slaves, abolitionists, writers, politicians, musicians and dancers, artists, educators, lawyers, journalists, civil rights leaders, and athletes. The selection of intellectual figures will come from an array of professional backgrounds and social experiences, thus serving to represent the diveristy of thought and creativity which characterizes black intellectual contributions to social change in America.