History from below. To turn the world upside-down.
"You are all together, in the same boat, sailing on the same uncertain sea… "
is a creative, readings-based, writing-intensive course in world history from an Africana Studies perspective. It focuses on how African people and their descendants experienced and resisted slavery, colonialism, and their legacies in Africa and around the world. Topics include the underdevelopment of Africa, slave rebellion in Latin America, the struggle for racial equality in the United States, African liberation movements, class conflict in independent Africa, and the feminist, communist, and surrealist dimensions of Black intellectuals in the twentieth century. Students each write a Guide to the Black Atlantic that includes descriptions of important places and a narrative history of the African diaspora. By synthesizing historical research to narrate Black social and intellectual history, this course will empower students to join in the labor of recovering and sharing the hidden histories of the Black Atlantic, and to learn from scholars who struggled not merely to understand the world, but to change it.
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