Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Black history thus far has been taught through a filtered lens that does not incorporate a wide range of Black voices that tell their own story. Through this course primary sources are used to give insight into various periods throughout Black history that is both widely known and obscured from public knowledge. The class invests in the student a sense of the African-American’s struggles, past and present.
The highlights of this course were the assigned literature, which prompted interest further into history and African-American history, more specifically. The readings were heavy with multiple sources needing to be overlooked before he next class and with one page summaries of the class and/or reading, but the depths of the material was worth it. From autobiographies, to speeches, to newspaper articles, this class highlighted the impact of primary documents for a sense of different eras as well as the racial tone in America.
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Advice for students:
The advice I would give to someone taking this course is to skim read. There is an abundance of material that is required to read but once speed reading and skimming become a talent that allows assignments to be read and retained the classwork will be a breeze. This course is a history course so readings and memorization are key.