Fall 2023

Black History of Spanish America, 1503-1886

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-268  |  History, as HIST-268  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-268


Russell Lohse (Section 01)


(Offered as BLST 268 [CLA], HIST 268 [LA/TE/TR/TSP], and LLAS 268) 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 Hispaniola in 1503 until the time of abolition in Cuba in 1886 in this course. Regions to be covered include the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, and the Andean and Southern Cone regions. Topics will include the ways in which specific regions of Western Africa contributed captives to specific regions of Spanish America, the nature of Spanish colonial institutions and their impact on the lives of Africans and their descendants, resistance and rebellion, routes to freedom, and slave and free Black families. This readings-based course features both secondary and primary sources. 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.

Fall 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: Students will be evaluated based on a series of weekly reading notes and two short papers.

BLST 268 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E210
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E210

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844 University of North Carolina Press, 2015 Finch, Aisha K TBD
Bounded Lives, Bounded Places: Free Black Society in Colonial New Orleans, 1769-1803 Duke University Press, 1997 Hanger, Kimberly S. TBD
Fractional Freedoms: Slavery, Intimacy, and Legal Mobilization in Colonial Lima 1600-1700 Cambridge University Press, 2016 McKinley, Michelle A. TBD
"Damned Notions of Liberty": Slavery, Culture, and Power in Colonial Mexico, 1640-1769 University of New Mexico Press, 2010 Proctor, Frank. T., III TBD
Slave and Citizen: The Negro in the Americas Knopf, 1946 Tannenbaum, Frank TBD
Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800 Cambridge University Press, 1998 Thornton, John K. TBD


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021, Fall 2023