HIST 166(F) The Age of Washington and DuBois (W)*

The beginning of the twentieth century saw the rise of two influential African American thinkers, W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. The intellectual and social programs that the two offered as solutions to the "race problem" are often seen as diametrically opposed to one another. This course will begin with an examination of the writings and intellectual production of these two men. Did they share a common ground? What were their responses and solutions to "the Negro question"? How did their ideas take effect? We will also set their work into an African American historical context, examining concurrent social developments such as the mass migration of African Americans to northern cities, the workings of the sharecropping system, and the cultural production of African American film and music artists in the first decades of the twentieth century. Readings will include works by Washington and DuBois, autobiographies of lesser-known Black figures in this era, and works by and about Black women at this time. We will also listen to early blues music and view films. Format: seminar. Evaluation will be based on class participation, several short papers, and a final exam. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 19). Preference given to first-year students. Group A

Hour: LONG