History | Black Women in American History
H650 | 18966 | A. Myers

Above class open to graduates only; a portion is reserved for
majors. Above class meets with AMST-G 620 and GNDR-G 701.

Black Women’s History is a revealing witness to two intertwined
categories of identity that have operated as defining
characteristics of existence and profoundly shaped the course of
American History: race and gender. The literature of the field is
such that it impacts every other within the broader spectrum of
American History and demands that we confront the complexities of
racial identity as that which is formed in dialogue with gender,
class, sexuality, religion, regional and national affiliation. To
this end, we will spend the semester analyzing some of the field’s
most influential literature, both theoretical and topical, in our
examination of Black women’s lives in America from the days of
colonial enslavement to the Post-Civil Rights Era. We will
familiarize ourselves with the major debates in the field of African-
American Women’s History, analyze the changing historical conditions
under which black women labored for self-definition and autonomy,
and seek to uncover the ways that raced and gendered identities have
been invented and reinvented in the American context.