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SRS505: The Black Experience in White America

This course will trace the African-American experience from the time of slavery until the present.

This course will trace the African-American experience from the time of slavery until the present. Students will read primary and secondary sources to understand the origins and conditions of slavery and the development of black consciousness, leadership ideologies and protest movements that culminated in the civil rights revolution of the 1950s and 1960s. Other topics will include the ideology of racism and the complex relationship between issues of class and race. Primary documents will include slave narratives, folklore, autobiographies, polemics and literature.