Fall 2019

African American History from the Slave Trade to Reconstruction

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-231  |  History, as HIST-247

Formerly listed as: BLST-57  |  HIST-33  |  HIST-41


Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 231 [US] and HIST 247 [US/TS/P]; or may be included in AF concentration, but not AF for distribution in the History major.) This course is a survey of the history of African American men and women from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The content is a mixture of the social, cultural, and political history of blacks during two and a half centuries of slavery with the story of the black freedom struggle and its role in America’s national development. Among the major topics addressed: the slave trade in its moral and economic dimensions; African retentions in African American culture; origins of racism in colonial America; how blacks used the rhetoric and reality of the American and Haitian Revolutions to their advancement; antebellum slavery; black religion and family under slavery and freedom; the free black experience in the North and South; the crises of the 1850s; the role of race and slavery in the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War; and the meaning of emancipation and Reconstruction for blacks. Readings include historical monographs, slave narratives by men and women, and one work of fiction.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Moss.

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


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2013, Fall 2019, Spring 2024