Beloved by Toni Morrison
Summary of Text
BELOVED begins in 1873 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Sethe, a former slave, has been living
withher eighteen-year-old daughter Denver. On the day the novel begins, Paul D, whom Sethe
has not seen since they worked tog
Story is told in circular way
Continually thinking about connection between fiction and memory.
Thinking about how the present and future entails coming to terms with the past
Trying to tell a story about people who have disappeareda lost
I. Class Notes from November 12, 2009
13th Amendment: allows slavery if person is convicted of crime. Leads to convict-leasing
system in post-bellum south, new forms of servitude and bondage. Slavery by Another Name
by Douglas Blackmon: Real slavery didnt
November 8, 2009
*Political analysis combined with feminist queer theory.
*Internal life of black community as important as external
-members marginalized as deviant
Emergence of HIV/AIDs and response:
Cross-cutting issues homophobia, drug ph
Hurricane Katrina Teja Fuller and Chloe Jordan
Boundaries of Blackness: examines the political processes of black communites through the
lens of HIV/AIDs
Quotes, Notes, Terms
Chapter One: The Boundaries of Black Politics
Scenario of guy who is HIV positi
The American Dream
Brotherhood, unity, equality for ALL men
Color blindess-judging ppl by their character
International dream , not just American
Myth of time-technology
Myth of education-challenges
Martin L. King, Jr. by Yolanda Beasley
Martin Luthers literature serves as a political function.
Balances education with legislations; things like voting rights act and civil rights acts. He
believes you cant assume education is going to do all the work
Questions from Class
How would you compare the tone and political message of On Lynchings with My
Bondage, My Freedom?
Wells-Barnett suggests a much more radical approach than Douglass, especially in that she is a
black woman suggesting these ideas. They
1. Day 3final
a.i. He is focusing on reconstruction because he is trying to this about how it
is that understanding the history of it differently may help them address
the inequalities and the failure
a.ii. Pg. 104: the slave trade the second fu
Summary of class notes:
1. Day 1Chapters 1-3
a.i. How is race constructed?
a.ii. Interesting to look at how to approaches the meaning of black
a.iii. Addresses the issue of race, which has been a burden
a.iv. Black people are the center of the U.S
1. Assess DuBois critique of Washington. Whos argument is more persuasive?
2. What does DuBois mean by progress?
a. This also deals with his argument with Washington
3. What is the relationship between racial and economic injustice according to
The Souls Of Black Folk (VI-IX) by W.E.B. DuBois
1. Born in Great Barring, MA
2. Graduated from Fisk, PHd from Harvard (1st African American)
3. Foundational thinker in the 1905 Niagra Movement
4. Editor of the Crisis, the NAACP public
PLPT 3200 African American Political Thought
Final Exam Study Guide
The Souls of Black Folk
Notes about the author: W. E. B. Du Bois, African American activist, historian, and sociologist,
was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in 1868.