242 Spring 10 syllabus

242 Spring 10 syllabus - Chuck Carlson TTR 2:10-3:25 A Room...

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Chuck Carlson Spring 10 Syllabus TTR 2:10-3:25 A/, Room 13-111 CRN: 31233 African American History 242 Office Phone: Best by Cell Phone 650-576-8351 email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday 1-2 PM or by Appointment Website: ghostdance.webs.com A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: "This way of settling differences is not just." This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation's homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. Martin Luther King, 1967 We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. Angela Davis Course Content African American history is U.S. History. One cannot study U.S. History without confronting the history of African Americans in the U.S. in every time period in almost every aspect of our history. The story of African Americans, beginning with the abduction of Africans by the millions from their homeland 400 years ago, reveals the worst aspect and some of the best aspects of U.S. history. The worst will become obvious quite quickly: kidnapping, slavery, murder, rape, lynching, segregation and discrimination racial bigotry. The best aspects include the nobility and sacrifice of people who have fought against the pervasive injustice met by Africans in America, as well as the enrichment of our culture through music, art and literature produced by African Americans throughout their history in America. Perhaps the most significant contribution of black Americans to U.S. history is the refusal to accept the oppression they have encountered and their forcing of white Americans to live up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We will examine the history of Africans in America from all angles during this course: oppression, resistance, culture, gender, labor and politics. We will look at some of the darkest and brightest moments of U.S. History in the process. Course Goals and Objectives
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