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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 313 / HIS 213 / LAS 377 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Modern Caribbean History

Reena N. Goldthree

This course will explore the major issues that have shaped the Caribbean since 1791, including: colonialism and revolution, slavery and abolition, migration and diaspora, economic inequality, and racial hierarchy. We will examine the Caribbean through a comparative approach--thinking across national and linguistic boundaries--with a focus on Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. While our readings and discussions will foreground the islands of the Greater Antilles, we will also consider relevant examples from the circum-Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora as points of comparison.

Sample reading list:
C.L.R. James, The Black Jacobins
Peter Hudson, Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean
Ellen D. Tillman, Dollar Diplomacy by Force: Nation-Building and Resistance ..
Alejandro de la Fuente, A Nation for All: Race, Inequality, and Politics ...
Yarimar Bonilla, Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics ...
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading averages 150 pages. The written assignments will include: a primary source analysis essay (3-4 pages), short paper (6-7 pages), and multimedia syllabus project. Students will also complete a digital mapping assignment.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Quizzes - 5%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Multimedia Student Project Required

Other information:
Students will be asked to watch 3-4 films during the semester.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40240 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am M W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:18 Limit:25
40241 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
43110 P02 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
41957 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled