This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to important historical, cultural, literary, and political issues concerning African Americans. Through critical readings of literary, artistic, and filmic texts, this course provides an overview of African American experiences from the 17th through mid-20th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans from the beginning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade through the Civil Rights Movement. To focus our journey, the course begins with a discussion of the discourse of African American Studies as an academic discipline. Students will proceed to examine the process of forced emigration from Africa, chattel slavery in the British Colonies, the formation of African American identity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and struggles for social transformation and resistance by African Americans in the United States.
Do minority voters respond to co-racial or co-ethnic candidates? That is does the increased chance of substantive representation translate into increased participation? Here, we focus on this question among African American voters. While much of the empirical literature on this question has produced conflicting answers, recent studies suggest that minority candidates can significantly increase minority turnout. We argue that past work on this topic does not adequately account for the fact that minority voters in places with minority candidates may systematically differ in their level of participation than minority voters in places without minority candidates. In this study we address the weaknesses of previous research designs and offer a new design that exploits the redistricting process to gain additional leverage over this question. We find little evidence that African American voter turnout increases when voters are moved to African American candidates. We find some evidence that white voters, however, tend to vote at lower rates when they are represented by African American candidates.
"Volume 3 of Double Exposure highlights NMAAHC's rich collection of photographs of African American women, some of whom are cultural icons. This volume demonstrates the dignity, joy, heartbreak, commitment, and sacrifice of women of all ages and backgrounds, with photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beverly Conley, Robert Galbraith, Ernest C. Withers, Wayne F. Miller, P.H. Polk, Joe Schwartz, and Milton Williams." -- Amazon.com
Description: This brief discusses the relationship between African-Americans and Latino-Americans. Two particular topics that are addressed throughout the paper are voting and employment, and how the growing population of Latino-Americans affect both minority groups. Key Points: • The Latino-American population in the U.S. is surging and has surpassed the African-American population. • There are worries presented about the African-American power in the world of politics being affected by this. • Worries presented about jobs being lost by African-Americans due to the influx on Latino-Americans.
Introduction: 'unexamined lives': the study of African American journalism autobiography -- Journalism: memory, history, and context -- Form, function and the public sphere in Jill Nelson's Volunteer slavery -- Volunteer slavery and the speech aspects of the autobiographical manifesto -- Surveillance and performance in Nathan McCall's Makes me wanna holler -- Jake Lamar, Patricia Raybon and the autobiographical manifesto form -- Memoir and the African American newsroom experience: themes and considerations -- Conclusion: the synergy between race, class, gender, and profession in African American journalists' autobiographies