American Studies | Colloquium in American Studies / Topic: Black Women in American History
G620 | 14803 | Amrita Myers

Jointly offered with HIST H650

(4 cr.) 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 historiography of this field
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, amongst other things. To this
end, we will utilize some of the newest research in the field in our
examination of black women’s lives from the days of colonial
enslavement to the Civil Rights era. dents will become familiar with
the major debates in African-American women’s history and, in
addition to analyzing the changing historical conditions under which
black women labored for self-definition and autonomy, will seek to
uncover the ways that raced and gendered identities have been
invented and reinvented in the American context.