Fall 2022

Black Radical Tradition

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-271

Faculty

Jared Loggins (Section 01)

Description

[US/D/CLA] In this course, we explore the history and philosophy of Black resistance to domination and oppression in the new world. We begin with the Haitian Revolution and then proceed to the grand and petty revolts of the nineteenth century. We investigate the everyday abolitionism that informs what Cedric Robinson called the truer genius of Black struggle. We examine thinkers who we might understand to comprise the Black Radical Tradition (Nannie of the Maroons, W.E.B. Du Bois, C.L.R. James, Richard Wright, Toussaint Louverture) and also the range of philosophical and political themes the tradition as a whole elucidates (violence vs. non-violence, leadership, self-mastery, property, historical consciousness, rebellion, culture). Our overall objective is to think critically about the Black Radical Tradition as an under-examined project involving its own codes, histories, beliefs, values, virtues, and well as vices.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Loggins.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority to black studies majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: With directed effort and study with ones peers, a student should emerge from this course equipped with basic knowledge of the black radical tradition and related-debates. Above all else, this course is about developing critical faculties. The course involves two argumentative essay assignments about themes in the course. It also involves weekly discussion posts designed to push students to respectfully challenge their peers. Finally, the course places primacy on close-reading as a skill. Students will do this primarily by engaging with a mix of primary sources and secondary source material analyzing the nature and substance of the black radical tradition over time.

BLST 271 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CONV 207
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM CONV 207

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition University of North Carolina Press, 2021 Robinson, Cedric Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at .

Offerings

2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022