2013 - 2014
Undergraduate Catalogue

HS461  Seminar: The African Diaspora     (3.00 cr.)

Prerequisite: HS101, one HS300-level course, and written or electronic permission of the instructor. Focuses on the African background to American history. Premised upon the notion that Africa occupies a more prominent position in the study of the genesis of American culture than is usually acknowledged, the multidisciplinary course examines the structures (for example, the transatlantic slave trade) that ushered Africans to British America from the seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to sense the Africans' experiences from their point of departure to their arrival and subsequent process of enslavement in the New World. Taking into full account the Africans' role in the Americas, student are asked to reexamine and challenge the negative stereotypes that have historically perpetuated misunderstanding about peoples of African descent. GT/IAF

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