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    Macalester College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
College Catalog 2017-2018

AMST 229 - Narrating Black Women’s Resistance

Cross-Listed as HIST 229  and WGSS 229  
This course examines traditions of 20th century African American women’s activism and the ways in which they have changed over time.  Too often, the narrative of the “strong black woman” infuses stories of African American women’s resistance which, coupled with a culture of dissemblance, makes the inner workings of their lives difficult to imagine. This course, at its heart, seeks to uncover the motivations, both personal and political, behind African American women’s activism. It also aims to address the ways in which African American women have responded to the pressing social, economic, and political needs of their diverse communities. The course also asks students to consider narrative, voice and audience in historical writing, paying particular attention to the ways in which black women’s history has been written over the course of the twentieth century. Every year (4 Credits)