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 CenturyReconstruction & Jim Crow
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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  You may recognize this quote from your United States Passport. It is the only quote on this document from a woman, and one of only two from an African-American individual, the other being a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cooper’s commentary on freedom is taken from an essay entitled “‘Woman versus… 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