History | African American Urban History
H650 | 8184 | Muhammad

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

This course is primarily a readings course designed to introduce
students to the major topics, themes, and problems in African-
American Urban history since the Reconstruction period.  Our
readings and discussions will explore the following: the rise and
evolution of segregation in the South and North, racial violence,
migration, industrialization and deindustrialization, labor and
unions, education, crime, housing, leisure and entertainment, health
and disease, institution-building, intra-racial class and gender
dynamics, and civil rights.  Throughout the semester we will also
consider sociological and historiographical debates about the role
of cities in shaping and defining black modernity.  Weekly
assignments will consist of reading a monograph and article (s).

The goal of this course is for every student (1) to identify a
research topic for a future seminar or thesis; (2) to help prepare
students for qualifying exams in the U.S. and African Diaspora
fields; and (3) to help facilitate and sharpen students’ abilities
to engage critically and constructively with scholarship.  Every
student will be responsible for two presentations of the week’s
readings, a short book review, an encyclopedia article, plus a
historiographical essay due at semester’s end.  Class participation
will be very important to student’s overall performance.  Everyone,
including the week’s presenter, is expected to have read the
assignment and to be prepared to engage in discussion.