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Fall 2016-2017
* REL 256 / AAS 256 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

African American Religious History

Wallace D. Best

This course will trace the origins and historical development of African American Religion in the United States in all its various forms, beginning with the Colonial period and ending with the era of Civil Rights in the late 1950s and early 1960s. "Slave Religion" and its impact on the subsequent cultural, theological, and material expressions of black religion will serve as the theoretical centerpiece of the course. We will also analyze and discuss the predominance of "urban religion" and the rise of New Religious Movements such as the Black Hebrews and the Nation of Islam after the First World War and during the Great Migration.

Sample reading list:
Larry G. Murphy, Down By The Riverside
Milton C. Sernett, African American Religious History
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Negro Church
Albert J. Raboteau, Slave Religion
Mechal Sobel, Trabelin' On
Eddie Glaude, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week, participation, weekly response paper (1 pg), mid term exam, final paper (10-15 pgs).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22498 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:17 Limit:25
24778 P01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:10 Limit:17
24779 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Class of 1879 Hall   133   Enrolled:7 Limit:13
22499 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled