Fall 2019 - HIST 382 D100

African-American History, since 1865 (4)

Class Number: 4991

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including 9 units of lower division History.



Examines black history from the end of the American Civil War. The course focuses on the external and internal forces which shaped black communities across the nation. Special attention will be paid to these communities' struggles against the forces which sought to confine black people to an inferior place in society.



This course examines African-American history from the end of slavery to the present, covering 150 years of struggle and focusing on how six generations have handled the "twoness—an American/a Negro" that W.E.B. Du Bois once said was the essence of African Americans’ experience.  The broadest concern of the course is to examine the development of the black community writ large in the United States.  In doing so, we will study the external and internal forces that shaped black communities across the country.  Narrowing our focus to understand the impact of these forces, we will also examine the myriad and sometimes conflicting strategies employed by groups within these communities to combat the people and processes that sought to confine African Americans in a marginal and inferior place in American society. Finally, we will examine the implications of this history through the lives of individuals living at different times and within various black communities in the United States to see how they lived their lives through the events and processes of African-American history after the Civil War.


  • Participation 20%
  • Short writing assignments (formal and informal) 20%
  • Historical Analysis Proposal 5%
  • Take-home essay based on Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man and class materials 25%
  • Historical analysis of an African-American cultural artifact 30%
  • Subject to change.



Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation will be available through the SFU bookstore

Numerous other readings will be available online through the SFU Library or Canvas.

Subject to change.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html