VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY
HIST 352: BLACK VOICES IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Fall 2010

Instructor: Dr. Christina Proenza-Coles
Office: 101-H Colson Hall
Hours: M 2-5 W 2-5 and by appointment
Email: cproenza@vsu.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A reading and discussion intensive course that explores the ways in which African Americans have experienced and responded to life in the social, political, and economic spheres of American society.

COURSE MATERIAL:
--This site (www.christinaproenza.org) will always have the latest assignments and required readings. It can be updated frequently. Add it to your browser and visit it regularly.

-- The readings not on directly on the course website are on E-reserve on the VSU library site.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1) Students should not make or receive phone calls or text messages during class.

2) There will be written assignments, a final paper, and a presentation.  Respectively they comprise 25% of the course grade.  The final 25% is based on class discussion.

3) Students who exhibit cheating in any form with automatically fail the course. Poor attendance (repeated lateness and/or absence) will automatically lower a student's overall course grade. Chronic absence will result in course failure.

FAILURE TO MEET ONE OR MORE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED ABOVE MAY RESULT IN COURSE WITHDRAWAL OR FAILURE

 

CLASSROOM: We are now meeting in Hunter Mack 155W.

 

WEEK 1: Wed Aug 25: Introduction:

 

WEEK 2: Weds Sep 1: Black History as World History
--Kelley, Robin. “’But a Local Phase of a World Problem’: Black History’s Global Vision, 1883-1950.” The Journal of American History, 86:3 (Dec. 1999) pp. 1045-1077. WEB
--Proenza-Coles, Christina. “The Rise of Slavery and the Atlantic System.” WEB
--Bennett, Lerone, Jr., Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, 1619-1962, Penguin, 1984 [1962], pp.3-26. WEB
--Thorton, John, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800, Cambridge University Press, 1998, pp.13-42, 72-97. WEB
--Proenza-Coles, C. "Atlantic Islands." Encyclopedia of African American History. Alexander and Rucker, eds. ABC-CLIO. 2008. WEB

 

WEEK 3: Weds Sep 8: Black History as Western History
--Scarupa, Harriet. “Blacks in the Classical World: Snowden's 50-year Search.” WEB
--Keita, M. “Deconstructing the Classical Age: Africa and the Unity of the Mediterranean World.” WEB
--Septimious Severus, Alessandro de Medici WEB, Queen Charlotte WEB
--Gates, Henry Louis and Maria Wolff, “An Overview of the Sources of on the Life and Work of Juan Latino, the ‘Ethiopian Humanist,” Research in African Literatures 29:4 Winter 1998, pp. 14-51. WEB
--Landers, Jane, “Precedents for an Afro-Caribbean Society in Florida,” Black Society in Spanish Florida, pp. 10-28.

 

WEEK 4: Weds Sep 15: Black Conquistadores in the Americas
--Africa’s Greatest Explorer, Abubakari. WEB
--Restall, Matthew, “Black Conquistadores: Armed Africans in Early Spanish Americas,” The Americas 57:2 October 2000, pp. 171-205. WEB
--Landers, Jane, “Precedents for an Afro-Caribbean Society in Florida,” Black Society in Spanish Florida, pp. 29-60.
--Proenza-Coles, Christina, “Free People of African Descent in the Americas: Conquistadores, Maroons, Artisans, and Miltary.” WEB
--Black Pirates WEB

 

WEEK 5: Weds Sep 22: Local Actors and Global History: Petersburg's African American Communities
--Jackson, Luther P. "Free Negroes of Petersburg, Virginia," Journal of Negro History 12:3 July 1927. WEB
--Petersburg and the Atlantic World Virtual Center of Study (see especially the links on the "HISTORY" and "TIMELINE" pages) WEB
--Prepare research proposal (typed, due in class)

 

WEEK 6: Weds Sep 29: Petersburg and the Atlantic World Research
--Prepare typed answers to ID questions (due in class Weds Oct 6) WEB
--Prepare bibliography (due via email Fri Oct 1)

 

WEEK 7: Weds Oct 6: Afro-Virginians
--Breen, T.H. and Stephen Innes. Myne Owne Ground. Oxford University Press, 1980. (On reserve in library)
--Owens, Mitchell. “Surprises in the Family Tree,” New York Times, 1/8/2004. WEB
-- Billings, Warren. “The Case of Fernando and Elizabeth Key” WMQ 30:467 (1973). WEB

 

WEEK 8: Weds Oct 13: Middle Passages
--Rediker, Marcus. The Slave Ship: A Human History. Viking. 2007. Chaps 1 & 9. WEB
--Olaudah Equiano. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. FILM
--Carretta, Vincent. “’Property of Author’: Olaudah Equiano’s Place in the History of the Book.” Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic, Carretta and Gould eds. University Pres of Kentucky, 2001. pp. 130-150. WEB

 

WEEK 9: Weds Oct 20: 18th Century Texts
--Landers, Jane. “African American Women and Their Pursuit of Rights Through 18th Century Texts.” Haunted Bodies: Gender and Southern Texts. University of Virginia Press. 1997. pp. 56-76. WEB
--Carretta, Vincent and Philip Gould, eds. Genius in Bondage: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic, “Introduction,” pp. 1-13. WEB
--Carretta, Vincent, ed. Unchained Voices: Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the 18th Century, “Introduction,” pp. 1-17. WEB

 

WEEK 10: Weds Oct 27: American Revolutionaries
--Egerton, Douglas. “Harry Washington's Atlantic Crossings: The Migrations of Black Loyalists.” Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America. Oxford University Press, 2008. pp. 194-221. WEB
--Blanchard, Peter. "The Language of Liberation: Slave Voices in the Wars of Independence." Hispanic American Historical Review, 82:3, August 2002, pp. 499-523. WEB
--Landers, Jane. "African Choies in the Revolutionary South." Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions. Harvard University Press, 2010. pp. 1-54. WEB (Introduction) WEB (Chapter 1) WEB (Notes to Chapter 1)

 

WEEK 11: Weds Nov 3: Civil War/Slave Revolt
--Du Bois, WEB. Black Reconstruction. xii-83, 580-635, 711-729 WEB
--Foner, Eric. A Short History of Reconstruction. pp.x-15. WEB
--Ira Berlin, et. al. Slaves No More. pp. 3-76. WEB
--Proenza-Coles, Christina. “African Americans in the Military.” The Civil War and Reconstruction Era. Brain Johnson and Edward Blums, eds. Bruccoli Clark Layman/Manly. Forthcoming.  WEB Timeline and Documents WEB
--Emancipation Chronology, Sample Documents, Thirteenth Amendment WEB

 

WEEK 12: Weds Nov 10: African American Women and Post-Emancipation Politics
--Brown, Elsa Barkley. “To Catch a Vision of Freedom,” Unequal Sisters. pp.124-141. Handout.
--Hunter, Tera. To ‘Joy My Freedom. pp. x-44, 98-129. WEB WEB
--Review of Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins WEB
--Book Review of Race and Reunion by David Blight WEB

 

WEEK 13: Weds Nov 17: Presentations on Research Findings & Papers Due (5-7 pages)
--Guide to Reading and Writing in History WEB

 

WEEK 14: Weds Nov 24: Thanksgiving Break

 

WEEK 15: Weds Dec 1: From the American Revoltion to Civil War to Civil Rights: The Long Freedom Movement
--Prepare typed answers to ID questions (due in class Weds Dec 1) WEB
--Baldwin, James.  “Letter to My Nephew.” The Fire Next Time. WEB
--Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin. FILM