AAS190-002: Fresh Sem: Africn Amer Studies

Topic: WEBDubois&The Blk Middle Class

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Callaway Center N109
Wallace-Sanders, Kimberly
Appropriate for First Year students.

Variable topics

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html

At the turn of the century, W. E. B. Du Bois compiled a series of photographs for the "American Negro" exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition. He organized the 363 images into albums, entitled “Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A. and Negro Life in Georgia, U.S.A.” The Exhibit of American Negroes was a sociological display within the Palace of Social Economy at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris.

Du Bois was a professor of sociology at Atlanta University, committed to combating racism with evidence of the economic, social, and cultural conditions of African Americans. He believed that clear evidence of African American progress would challenge the claims of biological racism. The photographs of  professional and affluent African American men and women from large cities like Atlanta challenged that scientific "evidence" as well as countering popular racist caricatures. Further, the wide range of hair styles and skin tones represented in the photographs demonstrated that the so-called "Negro type" was, in fact, a diverse group of distinct individuals. The focus of this course is the centrality of the nature of evidence within the context of our course topic. This course is structured to use a progressive learning format about evidence through visual culture.

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