Afro-american Studies | History of the Education of Black Americans (3 cr.)
A452 | 0384 | A. McCluskey


Instructor:  Dr. Audrey McCluskey
11:15-12:30 PM   MW   WH 002
Fulfills: SHSI

As an historical survey, the course will examine both chronological and thematic developments in
the struggle of black Americans for access to and control over their education.  The question at
the center of our examination will be: "education for whom and for what?"  This interrogation will
allow us to examine the socio-political and cultural structures which affect educational attainment
in America.  Factors such as race, gender, and class are significant in this analysis.

The first part of the course will focus on the meaning of education for a newly emancipated
people.  We will proceed chronologically through various historical periods and raise core
questions about the philosophy and content of black education, as well as the nature of the
conflict that characterized the debates bout education.  The latter part of the course will focus
on more current issues in black education, including the rise of black studies, afrocentrism, and
single-sex academes.

The course will be conduced primarily as a seminar, with short lectures.  Students will conduct
independent research on an historical or contemporary issue in black education, upon which a
short in-class presentation and a final paper will result.

Course Requirements: 1) one major exam = 30%; 2) an oral presentation = 10%; 3) term paper,
10-12 pages = 30%; 4) a class project = 20%; 5) class citizenship
(attendance, participation, etc.) = 10%

Required Texts: Anderson, J., The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1936; DuBois,
W.E.B., The Souls of Black Folks; Beals, M. Warriors Don't Cry; Course packet.
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