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Fall 2018-2019
* HIS 485 / AAS 409 (HA)   No Pass/D/Fail

History of African American Families

Tera W. Hunter

This course covers the history of African-American families. It traces the development of family life, meanings, values, and institutions from the period of slavery up to recent times. The course engages long-standing and current debates about black families in the scholarship across disciplines and in the society at large. The course will look at the diversity of black family arrangements and the way these have changed over time and adapted to internal and external challenges and demands. It will also situate the history of black families within a broader cross-cultural context.

Sample reading list:
Dylan Penningroth, Claims of Kinfolk: African American Property and Community
Stewart Tolnay, The Bottom Rung: African Amer. Family Life on Southern Farms
Robin D.G. Kelley, Yo Mama's Disfunktional: Fighting the Culture Wars...
Carol Stack, All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community
Mary Pattillo-McCoy, Black Picket Fences
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week; three 8-10 page papers

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21468 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Green Hall   0-N-2   Enrolled:2 Limit:15