Spring 2023

Black History of Brazil, 1500-1888

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-278  |  History, as HIST-278  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-278

Faculty

Russell Lohse (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as BLST 278 [CLA], LLAS 278 and HIST 278 [LA/TS/TR/ P ])  More people of African descent live in Brazil than in any country in the world, except Nigeria. Of the more than 12 million Africans deported as captives to the Americas, Brazil received 24 percent. In contrast, North America received less than 4 percent. This readings-based course features both secondary and primary sources. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the experiences of Africans and their descendants, slave and free, from the time the first captives were brought to Brazil at the beginning of the sixteenth century until final abolition in 1888. Topics will include the ways in which specific regions of Western Africa contributed captives to specific regions of Brazil, the nature of Portuguese colonial institutions and their impact on the lives of Africans and their descendants, resistance and rebellion, routes to freedom, slave and free Black families, and the origins and development of vibrant Afro-Brazilian religions and cultures . Select primary documents will acquaint students with the sources historians use to reconstruct these aspects of the histories of largely non-literate African-descended peoples. Students will be evaluated on class participation, a series of weekly reading notes, and two short papers.

Spring semester, Professor Lohse.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This readings-based course features both secondary and primary sources. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the experiences of Africans and their descendants, slave and free, from the time the first captives were brought to Brazil at the beginning of the sixteenth century until final abolition in 1888. Students will be evaluated on class participation, a series of weekly reading notes, and two short papers.

BLST 278 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM BARR 105
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM BARR 105

Offerings

2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023