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Early African-American Literature

Course NumberLIT 277W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies American history and trends that affected African-American writers from the oral tradition to the written works. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Explain how slavery affected early African-American Literature.
  1. Describe the negative effect of divesting Africans of a substantial portion of their culture.
  2. State why slavery denied Blacks the opportunity to create written literature.

Describe the historical struggle against slavery and racism between 1800 and 1860.
  1. Describe the features of the international slave trade.
  2. Identify key figures in the abolition movement.

Describe the role of the Black man in the Civil War: 1861-1865.
  1. Summarize the roles of soldiers, spies, presidential advisors.
  2. Identify and explain the role of Fredrick Douglas on slavery legal abolition.

Identify the significant of the era of Reconstruction and Reaction: 1865-1915.
  1. Summarize the works of notable poets and Black fiction writers.
  2. Describe the development of the short story.
  3. Explain the influence of British and American writers on Early African-American Literature.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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