This is a syllabus that suggests readings for a course exploring histories of cultural resistance and activism in the United States from the colonial period to the present.
19th CenturyAntebellum America
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Poems: Erasure Timeline October 16, 1854: Abraham Lincoln’s “Peoria Speech” The repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and the propriety of its restoration, constitute the subject of what I am about to say. As I desire to present my own connected view of this subject, my remarks will not be, specifically, an answer to Judge… MORE
Introduction Paris has long been a destination for African American writers looking to escape racism in the United States. James Baldwin described Paris as the “landscape of [his] heart.” Chester Himes attributed much of his fame to Paris: “I felt I had become more famous in Paris than any black American who had ever lived.”… MORE
Introduction Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass is remembered as one of the leading abolitionists in American history. His revolutionary thoughts as a former slave turned political leader and orator served as a major foundation of antebellum anti-slavery ideology, culminating in emancipation. Less known, however, is how Douglass propagated abolitionist thought and re-energized the transatlantic debate on… MORE