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2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST 30152 - Beyond Harriet Tubman

Course Credit: 1
BEYOND HARRIET TUBMAN Harriet Tubman is an icon in American history. During the antebellum era, she spirited enslaved African Americans to freedom along the Underground Railroad and later served as a military strategist in the Union Army. Her life was an incredible one, but she was not alone in the fight for equality and civil rights in the United States. Drawing on monographs, essays, literature, and film, this seminar contextualizes and historicizes the social and political activism of African American women such as Harriet Tubman. This reading intensive seminar is divided into four units: slavery, abolition, and African American womanhood; segregation and sexualized violence in Jim Crow America; women in the Civil Rights Movement; and the emergence of black feminism. Along the way, we will study, analyze, and critique various interdisciplinary frameworks used by scholars to interpret the experiences of African American women in history. Ultimately by studying icons such as Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks alongside lesser-known women such as Maria Stewart and Anna Julia Cooper, we will learn about the contributions of African American women to American history and culture while also gaining greater historical understanding of the diverse experiences of these women. Prerequisite(s): One course in History or permission of the instructor. Normally, this course is only open to Juniors and Seniors. [HSS]