Word and Image in African American History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Word & Image: African Am. Hist

Fall 2021

Taught By: Amanda Bellows

Section: A

CRN: 11243

Credits: 4

Since the first African Americans arrived in British North America in 1619, black men and women have produced an abundance of literature, art, and music. This course explores American history through African American culture in its myriad forms: folk songs, oil paintings, self-portraits, advertisements, photography, film, and more. Students will trace the development and impact of these cultural forms at specific historical moments. In colonial America, African American slaves created powerful spiritual songs that gave voice to their experiences as bondsmen and bondswomen. During the decades preceding the abolition of slavery, African Americans used their pens as weapons in the fight to promote the abolitionist cause through autobiographical narratives and poetry. The ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 emancipated the nation’s slaves and set the stage for the proliferation of schools where a new generation of African Americans learned to read and write. A new black middle class emerged, one comprising authors, artists, and entrepreneurs whose contributions to black culture included fiction, advertisements, cartes-de-visite, and films that countered white-dominated representations of African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. After two devastating world wars in which black Americans served in a variety of roles, black Americans demanded equal rights from their government and expressed their beliefs in music, literature, and posters. By the close of the twentieth century, African American culture continued to suffuse American popular culture in music, fashion, and more.

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: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (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: 7:55pm 12/8/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 263

Date Range: 8/31/2021 - 12/16/2021