Spring 2022 - HIST 104 D100
The Americas from Colonization to Independence (3)
Class Number: 4631
Delivery Method: In Person
A comparative exploration of the colonization of North and South America by the various European empires together with the role of Native and African peoples in the Americas, from the late fifteenth century to the onset of political independence three hundred years later. Breadth-Humanities.
This course is an introduction to comparative study of the colonization of South America, the Caribbean, and North America from the late fifteenth century to the onset of political independence three hundred years later. In covering such a vast geographic and chronological scope, this course will not be a comprehensive depiction of the history of the Americas but will focus on comparing the processes that brought Indigenous, African, and European peoples into contact with each other and examining how their interactions shaped the histories of the societies and cultures that developed in this region over these three centuries. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which European peoples sought to dispossess Indigenous peoples of their lands and replace them with enslaved African peoples, the ways in which Indigenous and African peoples resisted those efforts, and the racialized and gendered systems of conquest and exploitation that resulted from these histories. While lectures will focus on outlining these broad processes, tutorials will emphasize the lived experiences of individual historical actors.
Please note this is a preliminary syllabus: reading materials and assignments are subject to change
- Written work (total 12-15 pages) 50%
- Timeline building and analysis 30%
- Participation in tutorial discussions and activities 20%
Emily Clark, Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeline Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760 (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2009)
Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, The First New Chronicle and Good Government, Abridged. edited and translated by David Fry (Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co., 2006
Sue Peabody and Keila Grinberg, Slavery, Freedom, and the Law in the Atlantic World: A Brief History with Documents (Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2007
Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala, The First New Chronicle and Good Government, Abridged. edited and translated by David Fry (Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co., 2006)
Additional readings will be distributed online via Canvas.
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