In each lecture the professor will introduce a historical narrative about an interaction between the U.S. and a part of the African continent. These lectures will give examples from regional, national and individual experiences. The weekly short papers will require students to chose ONE (1) historical document from the Hypothesis exercises (if students find a different document they wish to use they need to get permission from the professor first). In the short paper, the students must:
The point of this exercise is to think about how historians, journalists, filmmakers, and others create historical narratives about topics. How does our western centered perspective shape our approach to the narratives and information? How might African narratives of events differ from people in the U.S.? These are questions that should underlie your approach to the short papers.
Needs to be 2 pages.