2023-2024 Catalog

BLST 207 African American History I: Black Americans and the Making of the Nation

This course introduces students to major issues in African American history from the earliest experiences of forced African migrants to North America to the quest for abolition and freedom in the United States. With our focus on significant demographic, institutional, cultural, and political developments within Black American communities, we will explore key themes and watershed moments in the African American experience from the early seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. By analyzing the dynamics of African American history in this way, we will better understand how enslaved Black Americans, Black abolitionists, and freedom fighters shaped the culture and politics of the United States.


4 units

Cross Listed Courses

HIST 207

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity
  • Pre-1800