2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 576 - Africa and the Americas

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0

This course has a double purpose: to introduce students to African history and to explore the continuing relationship tying Americans of African descent to the continent of Africa. The first part of the course will focus on the history of West Africa before the beginning of the sea-borne exchange with Europe and the Americas. Students will be introduced to the early West African empires, to local patterns of society and culture, and to the role-played by Muslim scholars, clerics, traders, and kings. In the second part of the course we examine the history of Africans and the changes they undergo on the continent of Africa and in the Diaspora. This includes the European colonization of Africa and the Africans who were drawn into the Atlantic exchange: the history of the New World plantation complex and the role of African culture and social organization in shaping life in the Americas. In the last part of the course, we explore the connections between Africans and the African-Americans: Back to Africa movements in the US (1820’s and 1920’s), the African foundations of early modern African-American thought, and the contributions made by African Americans to the African continent.

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