Black Movements Soc480M/Afst480M
Spring 2012, T/TH 11:40-1:05
Instructor: M. O. West
Office Hours: Tuesday, 3-5pm, and by appointment
Description: The course examines the worldwide ebb and flow of black movements in two
moments. The first moment, the late-18th/early-19th centuries, centers on the US and Haitian
revolutions and their foundational roles in the making of global black movements. The second
moment pivots on the years between the two world wars of the 20th century, with an emphasis on
the remaking of black movements globally.
Format: Lecture and discussion.
Requirements: one quiz, 5%; three exams, 10% each; discussion, 20%; one research paper,
The research paper will be written over the course of the semester, on the installment
plan. This is not, it bears emphasizing, an assignment that can be downloaded from the internet,
purchased from a term-paper vendor, or obtained through other forms of skullduggery. The
paper can only be done the old-fashioned way: researching and writing it from scratch. The
schedule for submission of the installments is included in the syllabus.
Late Assignments: Late assignments are generally not allowed. Students are required to take
the exams and submit the parts of the research paper on schedule. Exceptions are made only in
cases of real and documented emergencies. No frivolous excuses will be entertained.
Honesty: Students are expected to strictly follow the university’s code of honesty, which,
among other things, prohibits cheating on exams and quizzes as well as forbids plagiarism.
Serious consequences will follow from violations.
REQUIRED MATERIAL (available at bookstore)
Michael O. West, William G. Martin, and Fanon Che Wilkins, eds., From Toussaint to Tupac
REQUIRED MATERIAL (electronic reserve)
With the exception of the book available at the bookstore, the rest of the required readings are on
blackboard under “Content.
Week 1: January 31, Introduction
February 2, Black Folk Vindicated: On the Nexus of Knowledge and Power
Michael O. West, “Global Africa: The Emergence and Evolution
of an Idea,” Review, 28, 1 (2005), pp. 85-108.
Kwame Anthony Appiah, In My Father’s House, pp. 73-84.
Week 2: February 7, When Pan-Africa Arose: The Social Origins of Black Movements
February 9, Discussion/ Quiz
Quobna Ottabah Cugoana, “Thoughts and Sentiments,” in Adam
Potkay and Sandra Burr, eds., Black Atlantic Writers of the 18th
Century, pp. 129-150.
Anthony Bogues, Black Heretics, Black Prophets, pp. 25-46.
Olaudah Equiano, “The Interesting Narrative” in Potkay and Burr,
eds., Black Atlantic Writers of the 18th Century, pp. 178-197, 222-
Phyllis Wheatley, “On Being Brought From Africa to America.”
Jupiter Hammon, “An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly.”
Week 3: February 14, The US Revolution and Black Folk
February 16, Discussion
“Belinda’s Petition to the Massachusetts General Court.”
Douglas R. Egerton, Death or Liberty, pp. 3-14.
Phyllis Wheatley, “To His Excellency General Washington.”
Sylvia R. Frey, “The American Revolution and the Creation of a
Global African World,” in West, Martin, and Wilkins, eds., From
Toussaint to Tupac, pp. 47-71.
Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, The Many-Headed Hydra,
Week 4: February 21, The US Revolution and the Black International
February 23, Discussion
Cassandra Pybus, Epic Journeys of Freedom, pp. 57-72, 139-155.
Egerton, Death or Liberty, pp. 194-221.
Prince Hall, “A Charge,” in in Joanna Brooks and John Saillant,
eds., “Face Zion Forward,” pp. 199-208.
David George, “An Account of the Life,” in Joanna Brooks and
John Saillant, eds., “Face Zion Forward,” pp. 177-190.
Maria Stewart, “An Address Delivered at the African Masonic
Hall,” in Wilson Jeremiah Moses, ed., Classical Black
Nationalism, pp. 90-98.
Week 5: February 28, Exam I
March 1, Discussion of Paper Topics
Week 6: March 6, The Nexus of the French and Haitian Revolutions
March 8, Discussion
C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins, pp. 3-26.
David Patrick Geggus, Haitian Revolutionary Studies, pp. 81-92.
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World, pp. 251-279.
Carolyn E. Fick, The Making of Haiti, pp. 204-236.
Week 7: March 13, The Haitian Revolution in Global Perspective
March 15, Discussion
Michael O. West and William G. Martin, “’Haiti I’m Sorry’: The
Haitian Revolution and the Forging of the Black International,” in
West, Martin, and Wilkins, eds., Toussaint to Tupac, pp. 72-104.
Simon P. Newman, “American Political Culture and the French
and Haitian Revolutions,” in David Patrick Geggus, editor, The
Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World, pp. 72-89.
Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall, “The Specter of Saint-Domingue:
American and French reactions to the Haitian Revolution,” in
David Patrick Geggus and Norman Fiering, eds., The World of the
Haitian Revolution, pp. 317-338.
Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past, pp. 70-107.
Week 8: March 20, Exam II
March 22, Presentation of Paper Topics
Week 9: March 27, Preparation of Paper
March 29, First Draft of Paper Due
Week 10: April 10, The Black International Reprised
April 12, Discussion
W.E.B. Du Bois, “The African Roots of the War.”
W.E.B. Du Bois, “Close Ranks.”
Hubert Harrison, “The Solds of Black Folk.”
Robert A. Hill, “The First England Years and After, 1912-1916,” in
John Henrik Clarke, ed., Marcus Garvey and the Vision of Africa, pp.
Tony Martin, Race First, pp. 22-40.
Lara Putnam, “Nothing Matters but Color,” in West, Martin, and
Wilkins, eds., From Toussaint to Tupac, pp. 107-129.
Week 11: April 17, Film
April 19, Discussion
Tony Martin, “Women in the Garvey Movement,” in Rupert
Lewis and Patrick Bryan, editors, Garvey: His Work and
Impact, pp. 67-72.
Ula Yvette Taylor, The Veiled Garvey, pp. 64-90.
Barbara Bair, “’Ethiopia Shall Stretch Out Her Hands Unto
God’: Laura Kofey and the Gendered Vision of Redemption in
the Garvey Movement, “ in Susan Juster and Lisa MacFarlane,
editors, A Mighty Baptism, pp. 38-61.
Richard Newman, “’Warrior Mother of Africa’s Warriors of
the Most High God’: Laura Adorkor Kofey and the Africa
Universal Church,” in Judith Weisenfeld and Richard
Newman, eds., This Far by Faith, pp. 110-123.
Week 12: April 24, The Rise, Decline, and Rise of the Black International
April 26, Discussion
Robert Vinson, “Providential Design,” in West, Martin, and Wilkins,
eds., From Toussaint to Tupac, pp. 130-154.
Hakim Adi, “The Negro Question,” in West, Martin, and Wilkins,
eds., From Toussaint to Tupac, pp. 155-175.
Minkah Makalani, In the Cause of Freedom, pp. 165-194.
Week 13: May 1, Exam III
May 3, Paper preparation
Week 14: May 8, Paper preparation
May 10, Paper preparation
May 14: Final Paper Due (electronic copy only to turnitin).