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Politics of the African Diaspora (Ethnic Studies 141 /Govt 141)

Ricky K. Green††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Office: Amador 562A†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Office Hours M/W 10-11:50†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

EXT: 8-3359, greenr@csus.edu†††††††††† †††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††


Course Description: Examines the social, political, cultural, and economic factors which have been important to the African Diaspora. Examines how African people have responded to those factors, both in terms of formal, political thought, and in terms of political movements and political institutions. Examines thought and proactive, comparability to Africa, U.S., Caribbean, Central and South America. 3.0 units


Required Reading:

Haitiís Predatory Republic

Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil

Race Rebels

Various readings in CSUS reserve book room

Readings in the reserve book room are indicated by asterisk.

Suggested reading: The Black Diaspora, Ronald Segal


Lecture Subjects and corresponding Reading Assignments


Class Assignments††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Reading Assignment


††† Section One: Diaspora, Dispossession and the Struggle for Black Consciousness


Weeks 1-3

†††††††† *Dynamics of African Dispersal

†† †††††† *Negritude

†† †††††† *Consciencism

†† †††††† *Oldawan: The Ancient Soul

*Soul Force 41-93

*Haitian Revolutionary Studies, 5-29


I also want you to take a look at the website the African American Migration Experience the Url is listed below inmotionaame.org and can be accessed directly by clicking on the electronic syllabus on my website. Our concern is only the first section the transatlantic slave trade. Peruse the short essays in the section.

First Quiz Monday Sept 20th


†† Section Two: Reconstructing Black Humanity in Haiti


Weeks 4-6


*Soul Force 1-39

Haitiís Predatory Republic, chapters 1-4

Haitiís Predatory Republic, chapters 5-9


†† Quiz Wednesday Oct 6th


†† Section Three: Reconstructing Black Humanity in Brazil


Weeks 7-9

Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil pgs 1-98

Literature Review/Bibliography due Oct 11th


Weeks 10-11

Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil pgs 99-215

Quiz Monday Oct 29th


Section Four: Reconstructing Black Humanity in the United States


Weeks 12

††††††††† Race Rebels Part I

Weeks 13-15

††††††††† Race Rebels Part II + III

Week 15 Review/Final paper prep



3 section quizzes, 10% each

Research paper

††††††††† Subject topics due (Sept 20th)

††††††††† Introductrion (methodology), Literature review and bibliography 20% (Oct 11th)

††††††††† Research paper 40 % (due last day of finals)

Class attendance/participation 10%


Grading Scale: A=100-93†† B=87-84††††††††† C=77-74††††††††† D=65-60

††††††††††††††††††††† A-=92-90††††† B-=83-80†††††††† C-=73-70†††††††† F=59-

††††††††††††††††††††† B+=89-88†††† C+=79-78††††††† D+=69-66


Class web site: http://www.csus.edu/indiv/g/greenr/

Black Diaspora Links

http://www.inmotionaame.org/home.cfm††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† http://www.blackelectorate.com/

http://www.uncg.edu/~jpbrewer/remember/††††††††††††††††††††††† http://blackyouthproject.uchicago.edu/




Students will need an e-mail account and computer access to the Web. All Sacramento State students enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink account for e-mail. Although a home computer with Internet access running Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Netscape Navigator would be beneficial, students can access the Internet from one of the campus student labs. Check out System Check and Computer Hardware Recommendations for more information about equipment.

Last updated: 11/11/2005