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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2010


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Course Description

How did enslavement affect African American men, women and children? Did their experiences differ based on gender, age, location, or time period? From the 1970s to the present, historians have been in conversation about they ways gender informs the experience of captivity. Some approach the subject by identifying the roles enslaved people played in agricultural, nonagricultural, or industrial work settings. While others, focus on collective and individual forms of resistance to the institution. Enslavement also affected interpersonal relationships despite the fact that African American captives spent most of their time at work. This upper division seminar will examine the gendered experience of chattel slavery in the United States. Through critical analysis, students will engage classic and contemporary texts, films, and songs that focus on slave labor, family, community, sexuality, and the economy. Students will also have the opportunity to analyze primary documents such as slave narratives, plantation records, court documents, and legislation that shaped the lives of bondmen and bondwomen in the United States.

Grading Policy

Grading Policy: Attendance and Participation 20% Book Review 15% Primary Document Analysis 15% Presentation 20% Final Paper 30%


Kawame Anthony Appiah, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (ISBN 978-0-679-78328-2) John W. Blassingame, The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South (ISBN 0195025636) Jennifer Morgan, Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery ISBN 978-0812218732) Seth Rockman, Scrapping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (ISBN 9780801890079) Willie Lee Rose, ed. A Documentary History of Slavery in North America (ISBN 082032065X) Deborah Gray White, Ar'n’t I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South (ISBN 9780393314816)


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