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Sophomore Seminar: Slavery and Memory in American Popular Culture

History 2674 - Spring 2021

Sophomores receive priority registration. The history of slavery has long created a sense of unease within the consciousness of many Americans. Recognizing this continued reality, this seminar examines how slavery is both remembered and silenced within contemporary popular culture. Although slavery scholarship continues to expand, how do everyday Americans gain access to the history of bondage? Taking an interdisciplinary approach to these intriguing queries, we will examine a range of sources: literature, public history, art/poetry, visual culture, movies and documentaries, as well as contemporary music including reggae and hip hop. The centerpiece of this course covers North American society, however, in order to offer a critical point of contrast students will be challenged to explore the varied ways slavery is commemorated in others parts of the African Diaspora.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumBU BAAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM

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Sophomore Seminar: Slavery and Memory in American Popular Culture
INSTRUCTOR: Mustakeem
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