African American History since 1865

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

African Am. Hist. since 1865

Spring 2020

Taught By: Amanda Bellows

Section: A

CRN: 6724

Credits: 4

This course explores African American history between 1865 and the present. During the last 150 years, the United States transformed from an agrarian nation supported by slave labor to an industrial power. In the second half of the nineteenth century, African Americans experienced the abolition of slavery, the tumultuous Reconstruction era, the rise of Jim Crow laws, geographic expansion, industrialization, and urbanization. During the twentieth century, black men and women participated in two world wars and the Long Civil Rights movement as they sought to secure liberties at home and abroad. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American president of the United States, a momentous event that many believed heralded the advent of a post-racial era. In recent years, however, African Americans have drawn attention to the racial problems that still plague American society through organized protest. This course examines American history from the perspectives of African Americans who recorded their observations and expressed their opinions in autobiographical narratives, speeches, articles, poetry, and literature. We will study these textual sources as well as visual materials including paintings, advertisements, and photographs that show how African Americans shaped or responded to historical events. Our class will discuss the abolition of slavery, black politics during Reconstruction, the implementation of “Jim Crow” laws, the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, African American military service during WWII, the Civil Rights Era, the Black Power Movement, political and economic inequality in the twenty-first century, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and more. This course counts toward the Ethnicities and Race minor.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:00am 3/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 8:00am - 9:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020