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Afr Amer Studies (AF AM)

AF AM 280 (GH;US) Historical Ethnography of Freedom (3) Studies the Underground Railroad movement to guide slaves to freedom, and public heritage surrounding this institution. Students use ethnographic approaches.

AF AM 280 Historical Ethnography of Freedom (3)

The course will introduce students to the origins, impact, and changing public interpretations of Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a movement to secretly rescue slaves and send them to places of freedom in the northern states and territories, and Canada. Students will learn about the origins, leaders, and locales of this multi-racial movement. The course assignments will include scholarly readings, as well as research locating historic materials that shed light on the Underground Railroad. Course text and research materials will include historical studies, as well as newspapers, census materials, church records, and rare books that shed facts on the Underground Railroad. Students will be challenged to weigh stereotypical views about the Underground Railroad in scholarship and public life against the literature, historical documents, and places they discover that were actually associated with local and national Underground Railroad activities.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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