A.A.S. Select Readings
Not all Readings are for this Course! Relax!
Check your Class Proceedings Schedule for Assigned Readings

NOTE
You must also study any images that may be present in a reading. (If there are captions then summarize them in your notes.) Check if a reading has subheadings; if they are present use them as a guide to organize your notes. With rare exception, I will not ask you about dates and names of places. Instead, what you should concentrate on is the "what," and the "why," and the implications / consequences. (E.g. what were the main facts of, say, the rebellion, why did it occur, and what were the consequences for society at large.) Where the reading is an overview of, say, a system (e.g. slavery) or a major event (e.g. the Civil War) then identify the main themes and consequences. In case of definitions, obviously concentrate on the main elements of the definition. If there are images in the definition, then study those too. Important: Any reading assignment written by me should be considered an extension of class lectures and therefore must take precedence over other assigned materials.<-- Read this sentence again. Depending upon how the class proceeds; we may not get through all the topics. So, please don't have a cow.



1. What is African American Studies?

1(a) Defining African American Studies--> additional sources (packet of readings)

2. Black Studies and Black Professors  

3. The History of African American Studies in the U.S. (essay review of a book).

4.  A Brief History of A.A.S. at U.B.

5. The Continuing Politics of Survival  (African American Studies)

5(a) Why Not Take an African American Studies Class?

5(b) Sociology of Knowledge

6. Slavery--Past and Present (general overview)

7. Enslavement in the U.S.

8. International Slave Trade

9. Black Slave Owners (Jamaica)

10. Blacks in Tudor Britain  

11. Nat Turner and John Brown

11(a) Free State of Jones (film review)

12. Frederick Douglass (a)

13. Frederick Douglass (b)

14. Henry McNeal Turner  

15. Martin R. Delaney 

16. Booker T. Washington 

17. W.E.B. DuBois 

18. Marcus Garvey (a) 

19. Marcus Garvey (b)

20. Mary McLeod Bethune

21. Malcolm X--I (Malik el-Shabazz) 

22. Malcolm X--II (Debate at Oxford)

23. Charles Hamilton Houston

24. Thurgood Marshall

25. Clarence Thomas-I

25(a) Clarence Thomas-II

26. Anita Hill

27. Ralph Bunche 

28. Martin Luther King, Jr.--I (Visit to India)

29. Martin Luther King, Jr.--II (Biography)

29(a) Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Philosophy of Non-Violence (packet of readings)  

29(b). MLK's Final Message (Audio) 

30. Reconstruction  

31.  Gertrude Perkins and the Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

32 Niagara Movement (packet of readings)

32(a). Civil Rights Movement  (timeline)

32(b) Voting Rights Act (packet of readings)

32(c) A. A. S.  Department's Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act 

32(d) African Americans and Voter Suppression: The Russian Angle--I (Russians, social media, and the targeting of African American voters)

32(e) African Americans and Voter Suppression: The Russian Angle--II (Russians, social media, and the targeting of African American voters)
 
33. Race and Disability

34. Black Feminism  

35. Feminism/ Feminist Theory (Overview)

36. Feminist Politics (by bell hooks)

36(a). Black Women and Hair 

36(b). Black Feminism--History 

36(c) Gender: Eugenics and African Americans

37. Introduction to Feminism (by bell hooks)  

38. Race and Gender (by bell hooks)  

39. Gender Bias (Student Evaluations)

40.  Sexual Violence against the Disabled 

41. Music and Misogyny

42. Police Violence against Black Women

43. Sexual Violence and Harassment

44(a). Patriarchy, Intersectionality and the U.S. Prison System 

44(b). Prison Industrial Complex 

45. Title IX and Civil Rights

46. Aversive Racism--I  

46(a). Aversive Racism--II  

47. Racism: Past and Present (Overview)

48. Ideology and Race in U.S. History 

49. Metaracism 

50. Law as Microagression  

51. Race, Terror, and Identity Politics 

52. Race and Terrorism in the U.S.

53 Lynching-I (Domestic Terrorism)

54. Lynching-II (Domestic Terrorism) (packet of readings)

55. Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era  

56. Residential Segregation  (a)

57. Residential Segregation (b)

58. Colorism and Police Arrests

59. Whiteness and Everyday Racism 

59(a). White Privilege  (Alternative View)

60. Race, Gender, and Epistemology

61. Race: Theoretical Perspectives

62.  Race and Knowledge Production

63. Black Student Athletes-I Race, Sports, and Education


63(a). Black Student Athletes-II Race, Sports, and Education

63(b). Black Student Athletes-III Race, Sports, and Education

63(c) Black Student Athletes-IV
Race, Sports, and Education

64. Loving v. Virginia

65. Neo-Racism  (toward international students/scholars)

66. Model Minority (Asian Americans)--Origin of Concept  

67. Immigrants and Jobs (Deportation of Mexicans in the 1930s)

68. Immigrants and Immigration

69. Race and Class (Intersectionality)

69(a). MLK and Class Struggle (the struggle against poverty and militarism)
 
69(b) Race VERSUS Class-I (Letter NEA)

69(c) Race VERSUS Class-II
(corrupting democracy: political capture by billionaires)

70. Class and Class Analysis    

71. Stratification Theory--I 

71(a). Stratification Theory--II

72. Law, Race, and Class (Intersectionality)

73. Poverty in the U.S. (a)

74. Poverty in the U.S. (b)

75. Education: Stereotype Threat

78. Education: Brown v. Board of Education (packet of readings)  Read the Introduction, plus items Four(c) and Five 

79. Inequality and Childhood

80. Race, Cinema, and Historical Erasure (Dunkirk) 

80(a).
Race, Cinema, and Historical Erasure (Darkest Hour)  
 

81. The Cherokee

82. Cherokee and African Americans  (Cherokee Freedmen win Court Battle)

83. Great Migration

84.  Islamophobia

85. Black Muslims (A Minority within a Minority)

86. Black Ethnics (a) (Afro-Caribbean; Afro-LatinX; Africans; Afro-Canadians; etc.)

87. Black Ethnics (b)

88. Afro-Latina/Latinos (Afro-LatinX) (Comparative Black Studies)

89. Blacks in the Middle East --Ethiopian Jews in Israel (Comparative Black Studies)

90. Blacks in Europe  (Comparative Black Studies)

91. Ethnicism in Africa (Identity Politics) (Comparative Black Studies)

92. Race and U.S. Relations with Latin America (Comparative Black Studies)

93. Race and U.S. Foreign Relations

93(a) Race and the Cold War

94. Civic Engagement --Protests 

95. Shirley Chisholm        

96. Barack Obama  

97. Michelle Obama  

98. Amilcar L. Cabral  

99. Julius Nyerere 

100. Kwame Nkrumah 

101. Nelson Mandela  (Timeline--Item no. 9)

102. Educating Black Children    

103. Class Notes on Jazz 

104. WW I--Black Soldiers face Terrorism after Returning Home 

105. "Back to Africa" Movements  (Identity Politics)

106. Race and Climate Change 

106(a). Race and Climate Change

107 Race Riot in Niagara Falls 

108 Medical Racism--Race and Access to Healthcare (packet of readings)

109. Identity Politics--I

109(a). Identity Politics--II

109(b) Identity Politics--III

109(c) Importance of Social Diversity 

110. "Birth of a Nation" 1915 Film

111. Race, Policing, and the "Broken Windows" Theory

112. Stereotypes in Cinema

113. Hazel Scott: Jazz (Historical Erasure)