Dec 10, 2018  

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AFR 230 - History of the Caribbean: Race, Nation, and Politics (= LAS 230, HIS 360)


This course explores the history of the Caribbean from pre-Colombian times to the present. The goal of the class is to trace the emergence of modern Caribbean nations beginning from their status as slave colonies of the not-so-distant past within an emphasis on the central role the Caribbean islands have played in global history.  Particular emphasis is given to the maintenance of European and North American imperial enterprises and the elaboration of racial ideologies growing out of the diversity that has characterized the island populations.  Issues to be addressed include colonialism, piracy, sugar revolution, slavery and emancipation, national independence, tourism, and Caribbean migrations. Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica will be the main areas under consideration, although texts from other islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Martinique are included.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies

Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Latin American Studies

Satisfies the Historical Thought distribution requirement

Satisfies the Cultural Diversity distribution requirement

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