Dr. Debbbie Sanders
This course will discuss the effects of the wide dispersal of African people to the Americas over the four centuries of European slave trading. The course will survey the African descendants in South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. We will observe the extent to the dispersal of African people in the Americas and the effects of slavery on the culture of the African descendants. African cultural survivals exist in many places in the Americas and most especially in the Caribbean and South America. African culture can be seen in the art, music, literature, language, and dance of the African descendants in these areas. We will survey the history and culture of the Africans in the diaspora in an effort to understand the similarities and differences in the experiences of African descendants in various parts of the Americas.
Joseph Harris, Ed. Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora ( Howard University Press, 1993).
Charles Johnson. Middle Passage. (Penguin Books, 1990).
Week 1: Introduction
Assignment: Read the novel Middle Passage
Week 2:The Dispersion
Lecture: The Origins of the African Slave Trade
Assignment: Read the novel Middle Passage
Week 3: Discussion of the novel Middle Passage
Week 4: The Diapsora as Concept and Method
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 1,2
Week 5: Settlement, Identity and Transformation
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 3,4
Week 6: Settlement, Identity and Transformation
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 5,6,
Week 7: Midterm Examination
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: Research Session
Week 10: Settlement, Identity and Transformation
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 8, 11
Week 11: Settlement, Identity and Transformation
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 12, 14
Week 12: Settlement, Identity and Transformation
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 17,18
Week 13: Settlement, Identity and Transformation
Reading Assignment: Global Dimensions Chapter 24, 25
Week 14: Presentation of Research Project
Week 15: Presentation of Research Project
Week 16: Presentation of Research Project
1.) Oral Report: You will summarize one of the assigned chapters and present the main points in an oral review 50 points
2.) Class Participation: Class attendance, participation and quizzes. 50 points
3.) Midterm Examination: 100 points
4.) Final Examination: 100 points
5.) Research paper: You will develop a research paper (minimum ten pages0 concerning a topic related to the course : 100 points
Your final grade will be the average of the above assignments
Ashdown, Peter. Caribbean History in Maps. (Longman, 1979).
Rodney, Walter. How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. (Howard University Press, 1980).
Conniff, Michael and Thomas Davis. Africans in the Americas: A History of the Black
Diaspora (St. Martin's Press, 1995)
Higgins, Chester. Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa
(Bantam Books, 1994)
Harris, Joseph. Global Dimensions of the African Diaspora. (Howard University Press,
Haviser, Jay. African Sites: Archaeology in the Caribbean. (Markus Wiener Publisher,
Jones, Edward. The Black Diaspora: Colonization of Colored People. (Edward Lynne
Jones and Associates, 1989).
Segal, Ronald. The Black Diaspora. (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1996)
Gundaker, Grey. Signs of Diaspora Diaspora of Signs: Literacies, Creolization, and
Vernacular Practice in African America (Oxford University Press, 1998)
Okpewho, Mazrui, Davies. Eds. The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World
Identities. (Indiana University Press, 1998).
Hine and McLeod. Crossing Boundaries: Comparative History of Black People in
Diaspora. (Indiana University Press, 1999).
Lemelle and Kelley. Imagining Home: Class, Culture, and Nationalism in the African
Terborg-Penn and Rushing. Women in the Africa and the African Diaspora: A Reader.
(Howard University Press, 1997).
Gordon, Edmund. Disparate Diasporas: Identity and Politics in an African Nicaraguan Community. (University of Texas Press, 1998)
Bracks, Lean'Tin. Writings on Black Women of the Diaspora: History, Language and
Identity. (Taylor and Francis Press, 1997).
Walters, Ronald. PanAfricansim in the African Dispora: An Analysis of Modern
AfroCentric Political Movements (Wayne State University, 1995).
Price, Richard. Maroon Arts: Cultural Vitality in the African Diaspora. (Beacon Press, 1999).
Lewis, Martin. Afro-Argentine Discourse: Another Dimension of the Black Diaspora. (University of
Missouri Press, 1995).