AAS385-006: Topics in Afr Amer Studies

Topic: African American Urban History

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
Bowden Hall 116
Schank, Katie
This course explores one of a wide range of topics pertaining to the African American experience in the fields of human and civil rights, social and literary texts, and the social sciences.

Complete Topic: Visual Culture and 20th Century African American Urban History 

In this course we will explore twentieth-century African American urban history through the lens of visual culture. We will work to develop a clear understanding of the available historical and interdisciplinary frameworks in order to analyze and read both documentary and popular visual materials such as photographs, television, and film. Using secondary and primary texts to provide a framework for these visual materials, we will evaluate how representations have shaped understandings of the city and racial identity.While this course will cover African American urban history broadly, Atlanta will receive particular emphasis. Course assignments will be designed to assist students in developing skills in place-based historical research as well as in archival research by using the resources available at Emory’s Rose Library.

Through assigned readings, analysis of visual materials, and class discussions, we will seek to answer the following questions: How have visual materials shaped the way that people have understood African Americans and their place in the city, especially as it pertains to Atlanta? How have social and cultural context shaped the creation and reception of these materials? How have visual materials impacted the realities of life for African Americans in the urban environment? How have different audiences interpreted these materials and used them to achieve various objectives?

  1. Evans
    Visual Culture
  2. Bayor
    Race & the Shaping of Twentieth-Century Atlanta
  3. Ferguson
    Black Politics in New Deal Atlanta
  4. Godshalk
    Veiled Visions
  5. Kruse
    White Flight
  6. Kusmer
    African American Urban History Since World War II

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