HIST670 - COMP SLAVERY & EMANCIPA

Description: 
This course is a graduate level readings seminar on the history of slavery and freedom. What did it mean to be an enslaved person? How did different societies view the humanity of enslaved people differently? How did enslaved people understand their condition and survive its traumas? What brought an end to the widespread use of slave labor in the Atlantic world in the nineteenth century? What was the fate of newly freed people? We will consider several different slave societies, ranging from the ancient world to South Asia to the Atlantic slave trade of the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries, but the bulk of our readings will focus on slavery and emancipation in the Americas. We will also examine the recent Oscar-winning movie, “Twelve Years a Slave” in the context of the primary source that inspired it. Students are required to keep up with the weekly readings (approximately 400 pages per week) and participate in class discussions. Written assignments will consist of two short papers (5-7 pages each) and one long final paper (15 pages).
Instructors: 
BROWN, KATHLEEN
Day and Time: 
R 0130PM-0430PM
Room: 
COLLEGE HALL 315A
Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • AFRC670401
  • GSWS670401