BLST 248: African American History Since 1877

children on the steps of Chicago Urban League

Course Description

Survey of major social, economic, and political developments in African American history since Reconstruction. Topics include Jim Crow, black leadership, migration, civil rights and nationalism. Same as HIST 248. General Education: Understanding the Past course; Understanding U.S. Society course.

This course also fulfills the Cultural Production & Analysis and Race, Politics, & Institutions major/minor theme requirements.

3 credit hours.

Past Texts Include

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America

Michele Mitchell, Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction

Robin D.G. Kelley, Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class

Akinyele O. Umoja, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement

Tanehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Ida B. Wells, “Lynching, Our National Crime”

Jakobi Williams, “The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party,” in From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago

Ashley D. Farmer, “The Black Revolutionary Woman, 1966–1975,” in Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, “Black Lives Matter: A Movement, Not a Moment” in From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation