History | Major Topics in 20th Century African American History
H650 | 7869 | Muhammad

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only
Above class meets with AMST-G620

This course is primarily a readings course designed to introduce
students to the major topics, themes, and problems in 20th Century
African-American history.  Our readings and discussions will explore
the following: the rise and evolution of segregation in the South
and North, migration, labor and unions, education, crime, housing,
urban life and culture, health and disease, institution-building,
intra-racial class and gender dynamics, civil rights, and black
nationalism.  Weekly assignments will consist of reading one
monograph (most of which have been published recently) and
occasionally an article.

By familiarizing students with the literature and major
historiographical debates since the end of Reconstruction, 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 one presentation of the week’s monograph, including
a short book review, and a historiographic 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