UCL Institute of the Americas


AMER0001: From Emancipation to Massive Resistance: Race, Racism and the African American Freedom S..

Module Convenor: TBC

(not running in 2018/19)


The module examines the social formation of race and racism in the United States, and its impacts on African American experience and freedom struggles. Specifically, this course gives an overview of emancipation and Reconstruction; Jim Crow segregation; the Great Migration; the Great Depression and New Deal; and early civil rights struggles. Against this backdrop, students will explore a number of key themes and debates including the development of a distinctive African American identity and culture, the formation of African American communities and institutions, African American protest traditions and social movements, and the role that class, gender, sexuality and region have played in shaping the African American experience.

Introductory Reading

to be advised shortly