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Spring 2012-2013
AAS 319 / REL 396 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The African American Prophetic Tradition

Karen Y. Weaver

The quest for freedom has been a constant struggle for African-Americans in modern America. This course will explore the context of how a prophetic tradition emerged while the rhetoric and activism of leaders reflected efforts to dismantle the economic, social, and political disenfranchisement African-Americans endured in a racially hostile country. Drawing upon early anti-slavery sermons, speeches and other primary source documents which reflect the historicity of selected eras in American history, we will study individuals who embraced this prophetic tradition and strived to achieve full liberation in American society.

Sample reading list:
David L. Chappell, A Stone of Hope: Prophetic Religion and the Death of Jim Cro
W.E.B. Dubois, Souls of Black Folk
David Howard-Pitney, The African American Jeremiad Appeals for Justice in America
Bernice Johnson Reagon, If You Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacre
Marcia Riggs, Can I Get a Witness?: Prophetic Religious Voices of African
Patricia A. Schechter, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and American Reform, 1880-1930
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
During the course, students will prepare two written papers on major themes, events, issues, personalities or organizations discussed in the course. The midterm paper should be 8-10 pages and in lieu of a final exam students will complete a research paper which should be at least 15 pages. Each paper must be an original piece of work written by the student for this class.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42779 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:9 Limit:12