Black Political Thought|
AFAM 309, AMST 309|
This course examines the emergence and development of various strains of black political thought in 20th century America. Within this seminar, we will explore the roots, ideologies, and constructions of various forms of black political thought and action in relation to notions of black freedom and citizenship. Students will cover topics such as black nationalism, pan-africanism, black radicalism, black conservatism, black liberalism, black feminism, black theology, and critical race theory and legal studies.
How and why did these various ideologies and ideas emerge? What did it mean to engage in black protest thought in the post-Reconstruction era? How has black political ideology shifted, transformed, clashed, competed, and evolved over the course of American social and political history? What is the significance and influence of 20th century black political thought to modern African American and United States history?
Effective Citizenship, Interpretation
Students will use analytical tools to explore a variety of historical and political interpretations. They will also deconstruct the assumptions underlying seemingly absolute categories, while learning how to engage individuals with different views.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Michael Dawson, BLACK VISIONS
Booker T. Washington, UP FROM SLAVERY
W.E.B. Du Bois, THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK
George Schuyler, RACE(E)ING TO THE RIGHT
Marcus Garvey, THE PHILOSOPHY & OPINIONS OF MARCUS GARVEY
Malcolm X, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X
Stokely Carmichael & Charles Hamilton, BLACK POWER
(reading list subject to change)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers, two short essays, one long research paper.
|Instructor(s): Wright,Leah M. Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: ZLKA202; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 9||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 2||FR: 0|