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Spring 2017-2018
* LAS 395 / AAS 396 (HA)   na, npdf

Caribbean Revolutions: From Plantation Slavery to Global Tourism

Adrian Lopez-Denis

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of the Caribbean from the arrival of its first human inhabitants to the present. During the first half of the semester we will examine the dual role of plantation slavery and European colonialism in the historical development of the region up until the opening of the Panama Canal. On the second half we will discuss how the Caribbean interacted with the United States and the world at large during the long Twentieth Century.

Sample reading list:
Stephan Palmié and Francisco A. Scarano, The Caribbean: A History of the Region and Its Peoples
Kamala Kempadoo, Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race and Sexual Labor
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World, The Story of the Haitian
George Gmelch, Behind the Smile, The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism
Silvio Torres-Saillant, An Intellectual History of the Caribbean
Mary A. Renda, Taking Haiti, Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S.
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In preparation for class, students are expected to read an average of 100 pages per week. Course Assessment: 20% General participation in discussion sessions; 20% Oral presentations; 20% Book reports; 40% Final paper

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42922 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:29 Limit:25 Closed