Spring 2012

African American History from Reconstruction to the Present

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-241  |  History, as HIST-248

Formerly listed as: BLST-58  |  HIST-34  |  HIST-42


Julia A. Rabig (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 241 [US] and HIST 248 [US; or may be included in AF concentration, but not AF for distribution in the History major].) This course is a survey of the social, cultural, and political history of African American men and women since the 1870s. Among the major topics addressed: the legacies of Reconstruction; the political and economic origins of Jim Crow; the new racism of the 1890s; black leadership and organizational strategies; the Great Migration of the World War I era; the Harlem Renaissance; the urbanization of black life and culture; the impact of the Great Depression and the New Deal; the social and military experience of World War II; the causes, course and consequences of the modern civil rights movement; the experience of blacks in the Vietnam War; and issues of race and class in the 1970s and 1980s. Readings and materials include historical monographs, fiction, and documentary films.

Limited to 50 students. Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Rabig.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to History and Black Studies majors, and then by class year with highest priority given to seniors.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Spring 2022, Fall 2022