American Slavery and Its Afterlife

1979D [CRN: 14887]

This upper-level seminar considers slavery and its historical and contemporary legacies. Devoting about one third of the semester to an intellectual study of slavery mostly in the nineteenth century, the rest of the course unpacks what many scholars have called, “the afterlife of slavery.” A term introduced by literary scholars, the afterlife of slavery provides an interesting and provocative way to think about American culture and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as tied firmly to the institution that formed the economic basis of the founding of this nation.
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