Own reflection

Instruction: write about what you have learned about yourself from the readings in class. How did the readings, discussions or films challenge your ideas you had before taking this class? Which readings did you enjoy the most? Which ones did you enjoy the least? Explain why. Make sure that you are referencing class materials in your paper.

Course Description: In its documentation of history, the study of fictional and non-fictional African literature in the United States offers us direction for the future. Presently, there are people of African descent struggling against oppressive, inhumane conditions all over the world. They suffer from class exploitation and race and gender oppression. The events leading up to, into and through the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements did little to substantially change the lives of the majority of African people. Because the economic systems of slavery and capitalism are quite similar (“capitalism is but the gentleman’s form of slavery”), African literature in the U.S. documents the relatively unchanging quality of life for people of African descent. Through the literature, students will study the lives of African people during four major time periods: slavery, the turn of the twentieth century, the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and the present conditions. Doing so will help students to understand the African’s present status in the world and help point the way toward changing that status to one that is more just and humane.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Discuss some of the major non-fiction literature produced by African Americans.

Articulate the class, race and gender similarities and differences between events affecting African Americans in the past and today.

Demonstrate a sharpening of grammar and writing ability.


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