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Black Nationalism in America (HIST10116)







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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any 3rd year History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the History department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

Nationalism has been a recurring theme in African American history. The peaks and troughs of its popularity tell us much about the state of American race relations at any given time. The course will enable you to examine diverse forms of black nationalism in the United States, and to engage with relevant historiographical debates and concepts.

Course Description

The course will examine key themes in the history of black nationalism in America from the nineteenth century until the mid-1970s, with some attention to post-1970s developments. Key issues include defining black nationalism, examining bases of support, and explaining the shifting appeal of black nationalism. Accordingly the course will investigate different forms of black nationalism, including racial solidarity, cultural nationalism, religious nationalism, and Pan-Africanism. The topics covered are Black Nationalism in Nineteenth Century America; Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association; African Americans and Pan-Africanism in the first half of the twentieth century; W. E. B. Du Bois; The Nation of Islam until Elijah Muhammad's Death; Robert Williams; Malcolm X after the Nation of Islam; The Meanings of Black Power; The Black Panther Party and other radical political groups; state repression of Black Nationalism; Cultural Nationalism; and Black Nationalism after the 1960s.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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