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Black Radicalism Syllabus

Black Radicalism Syllabus

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Black Radicalism in US History.
Professor Paul Heidemanheidepau@pegasus.rutgers.eduOffice Hours by Appointment.
Course Description:
This class will examine the Black radical tradition in the United States. From the time of slavery to thepresent, African Americans have at various times engaged in political action aimed not merely atreforming American society, but fundamentally reshaping it. Throughout the semester, we will look atthe various manifestations of this impulse, engaging with an assortment of primary and secondary texts.Through our study of these texts, we will ask what this tradition can tell us about American history andsociety more broadly, as well as what Black radicalism’s internal strengths and weaknesses are.
Attendance Policy:
This is a discussion-centered class. Reading and attendance are mandatory. More than two absenceswill result in lowered final grade. The exact extent of this penalty will be decided based on aconsideration of other work over the semester. Absences for purposes such as illness requiring medicalattention, family emergencies, etc. If a total of more than eight classes are missed, university policyrequires an automatic F.
Required Texts:
 David Walker – 
 David Walker’s Appeal
, Richard Wright – 
Uncle Tom’s Children
, Robert F. Williams – 
 Negroes with Guns
, CLR James – 
The Black Jacobins
, Ahmed Shawki – 
Black Liberation andSocialism
Books for review:
Barbara Ransby – 
 Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement 
, Carole Boyce Davis – 
To the Left of  Karl Marx
, Gerald Horne – 
 Race Woman
, George Lipsitz – 
 A Life in the Struggle
Grading Rubric:
Weekly Writing Assignments: 30%Class Participation/Attendance: 20%Book review: 20%Final Exam: 30%
Week 1 – Class Introduction.
Th, 9/1 – What is Black Radicalism?
Week 2 – Slavery and Freedom in the American Revolution.
T, 9/6 Read Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker
The Many Headed Hydra,
Ch. 7 “A Motley Crew inthe American Revolution” [blackboard]
Week 3 – Slave Resistance and Rebellion.
T, 9/13 Read Shawki,
Black Liberation and Socialism
Chs. 1 and 2Th, 9/15 Response Paper Due. Read David Walker’s
Week 4 – Slave Resistance and Rebellion, II.
T, 9/20 Read Eugene Genovese
 Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
Book Four “Whom GodHath Hedged In,” 587-621 [blackboard]Th, 9/22 Read
Week 5 - Reconstruction and Populism
.T, 9/27 Read
Ch. 4.Th, 9/29 Fifty Word Wonder due
Week 6 – The New Negro.
T, 10/4 Read
Chs. 5-6.Th, 10/6
Week 7 – The New Negro.
T, 10/11 In-class reading of Mary P. Burrill’s “Aftermath”Th, 10/13 Response Paper due.
Week 8 - Depression and Class Radicalism.
T, 10/18 Read
Ch. 7.Th, 10/20 Read Richard Wright,
Uncle Tom’s Children,
“The Ethics of Living Jim Crow” and “Fire andCloud”
Week 9- Depression and Class Radicalism.
T, 10/25 Read
, “Big Boy Leaves Home” and “Bright and Morning Star”Th, 10/27 Fifty Word Wonder due
Week 10 - Black Radicalism and History.

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