HI/AA/WS 297: African American Women’s History
Professor Ashley Farmer
How do the lives of enslaved women in Georgia, political prisoners like Angela Davis, and public figures like Michelle Obama relate to one other? They have all been shaped by the complex systems of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America. Using newspaper reports, protest posters, documentary films, and oral interviews, among other sources, this course investigates the experiences of African American women in America from the Slave Trade to present day. The course will explore how these and other women shaped, and were shaped by, major events in American history. Participants will have a more nuanced understanding of American history, the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality influenced African American women’s lives and experiences, and how African American women assert their identity and fight for liberation within the changing American landscape.