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Fall 2017-2018
* POL 319 / AAS 316 / AMS 391 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

History of African American Political Thought

Desmond D. Jagmohan

This course explores central themes and ideas in the history of African American political thought: slavery and freedom, solidarity and sovereignty, exclusion and citizenship, domination and democracy, inequality and equality, rights and respect. Readings will be drawn, primarily, from canonical authors, including Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Booker T. Washington, Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Ralph Ellison, Kwame Ture and Charles Hamilton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an introductory course, which emphasizes both thematic and historical approaches to political theory.

Sample reading list:
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom
Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Ida B. Wells, On Lynchings
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom

Reading/Writing assignments:
125-175 pages of reading per week. Three 1000-word papers (10% each).

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21885 L01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M W   Louis A. Simpson International   A71   Enrolled:19 Limit:
23291 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building   A02   Enrolled:9 Limit:14 Closed
23292 P02 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:10 Limit:14 Closed
22859 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled