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BLST 247: African American History to 1877

Black people picking cotton

Course Description

Survey of major social, economic, political, and cultural developments in African American history from the rise of the Atlantic Slave Trade to Reconstruction. Same as HIST 247. General Education: Understanding the Past; Understanding U.S. Society.


3 credit hours.

Past Texts Include

Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Stephanie E. Smallwood, “The Gold Coast and the Atlantic Market in People” in Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora

Tiya Miles, “Uncle Tom Was an Indian: Tracing the Red in Black Slavery”

Walter E. Johnson, “Life in the Shadow of the Slave Market” in  Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market

Selections from Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation, eds. Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau, and Steven F. Miller.