History | Africans in Colonial America
A300 | 2811 | Clegg


Above section open to undergraduates only

This course examines the experience of African people in the British
colonies of North America.  The cultural backgrounds of African
immigrants are surveyed, along with the origins and dynamics of the
transatlantic slave trade and the emergence of African-American
communities and culture in British America.  The ways in which
African slaves and free people shaped colonial economies, cultures,
and social structures are of particular interest, as are the manners
in which they fashioned identities for themselves from the early
1600s through the late 1700s.  Special attention is paid to shifting
demographic patterns, agrarian activities, and modes of immigrant
acculturation within the colonies.