Fall 2022

Black Radical Tradition

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-271

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Jared Loggins (Section 01)


[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 L’ouverture) 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 one’s 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.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2022