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Fall 2017

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American Studies 101 The Harlem Renaissance
  • TTh 11-12:30
  • C. Palmer
  • 20 Barrows
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 12339

This course explores the social, cultural, political, and personal awakenings in the literature, art, and music of the Negro Renaissance or the New Negro Movement, known as the Harlem Renaissance.  This is remembered as a time (roughly 1918-1930) when, in the midst of legal segregation and increasing anti-Black mob violence, Black American writers, artists, philosophers, activists, and musicians, congregating in New York City’s Harlem, reclaimed the right to represent themselves in a wide range of artistic forms and activist movements.  This course will focus on the forces that led to this "renaissance" as well as those that fueled it.  Primary texts for this course may include Jean Toomer, Cane; Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; George Schuyler, Black No More; Nella Larsen, Passing; poetry by Langston Hughes; and works by Claude McKay, Alain Locke, Jessie Fauset, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Anne Spencer, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Augusta Savage, Duke Ellington, and others.

American Studies 101 AC World War II
  • MW 12-2
  • M. Cohen
  • 160 Kroeber
  • 4 Units
  • Class Number: 67505

Linking the battlefields of Europe and Asia to the factories and movie theaters of San Francisco and New York City, this course takes up the cultural and social history of World War II (1931-1945).  World War II was the most destructive war in the history of humanity, killing some 60-80 million people.  It also shattered the old European colonial order and transformed the US into the most powerful country in the world.  The war remains the source of our deepest fears of genocide and nuclear annihilation.  Yet Americans believe World War II to be “The Good War” and we revere its heroes as “The Greatest Generation.”  This class takes a global approach to WWII by focusing on three primary combatants: Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and the United States.  Consequently, this course focuses explicitly on the role of race and racism in the origins and conduct of the war.   As an American Studies class, we take an interdisciplinary approach to history, reading a range of original sources from propaganda cartoons to oral histories, war photography to experimental fiction.  So what was this war? What did Americans see and do there? And what did that doing do to us?