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2015-2016 Catalog

HIST 261 Making African America, 1500-1880

Making America into African America was a process of extraordinary violence, economic productivity, and transcendent humanity. Focusing on the lived politics of the millions of unfree African Americans and their struggles to build new worlds in and against American slavery, students will explore how the making of African America radically transformed Atlantic capitalism and the United States, from the transatlantic slave trade, to Haiti, to the overthrow of U.S. slavery in the nineteenth century. [GM1, SS]