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Faculty of Literature and Philosophy
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Course unit
HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
LE01107988, A.A. 2011/12

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
LE0613, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2011/12
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge STEFANO LUCONI SPS/05

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
LE02107988 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA STEFANO LUCONI LE0607

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/05 History and Institutions of the Americas 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year Student choice

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/09/2011
End of activities 28/01/2012
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 LUCONI STEFANO (Presidente)
CHIARAMONTI GABRIELLA (Membro Effettivo)
FRANCIA ENRICO (Supplente)
5 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/09/2018 LUCONI STEFANO (Presidente)
CHIARAMONTI GABRIELLA (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 LUCONI STEFANO (Presidente)
CHIARAMONTI GABRIELLA (Membro Effettivo)
3 Commissione 2015/16 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 LUCONI STEFANO (Presidente)
CHIARAMONTI GABRIELLA (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione 2014/15 01/10/2014 30/09/2015 LUCONI STEFANO (Presidente)
CHIARAMONTI GABRIELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: None. Exams in Modern History and Contemporary History are advised but not compulsory.
Target skills and knowledge:: By the end of the course, the student will be able to master the main features of African Americans’ historical experience from the 1619 introduction of the first slaves to the present time as well as to discuss the leading scholarly interpretations of these events, and to identify the most relevant sources to cast light on them.
Course unit contents: FROM THE COTTON FIELDS TO THE WHITE HOUSE: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Barack Obama’s 2008 election to the White House as the first black president apparently marked the crowning of African Americans’ integration within U.S. society. Indeed, it has been suggested that his ascendancy to the presidency witnessed the end of the era in which being white was a privilege in America. Yet, even today, the quality of life of blacks generally fails to match that of whites: the unemployment rate is higher, the average income is lower, and the life expectancy is shorter. Furthermore, forms of racial injustice and discrimination still survive to the detriment of blacks. In order to help explain the reasons for the persistence of such ambiguous conditions, the course intends to outline the history of African Americans from the 1619 importation of the first slaves in the British colonies in North America to the present time, with special attention to the key differences among slavery, segregation, integration, and separatism. In particular, the classes will examine the causes for the introduction of African slaves, the main features of the Atlantic slave trade, the characteristics of southern economy, the slaves’ living conditions and sense of identity, abolitionism, slave rebellions, the complex and conflicting relationship between continental expansion and the spread of slavery, the role of the latter in triggering off the civil war and shaping its developments, African Americans’ participation in the military conflict, the process leading to the emancipation of blacks, postbellum racial segregation, the stand of the Supreme Court about the legal status of blacks, African Americans’ campaigns to claim for the achievement of full civil and political rights, the role of black leaders such as Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, William E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson, the legislative accomplishments, the shift of African-American movements from nonviolence to violence, the white backlash at racial integration, the progressive accommodation of blacks within politics that eventually paved the way to Obama’s election, and the Obama presidency. Attention will be also paid to the main historiographical interpretations about these events. Such issues will include the change in perspective ensuing the shift from research into white-black relations to the understanding of the nature of the slaves’ experience as such, the periodization of African Americans’ disparate strategies to tackle with the problem of racial oppression, the debate about the continuity or the discontinuity in the black freedom struggle across World War II, the relationship between the institutional and grass-roots approaches to integration, the reappraisal of the mainsprings for the violent radicalization of African-Americans’ protest as well as its previous interaction with the nonviolent movement for civil rights.
Planned learning activities:
Textbooks: Cartosio, Bruno, L’esperienza afro-americana e la storiografia: pregiudizi, cancellazioni, confini. "Acoma": vol. I, n. 1, primavera, 1994. pp. 31-39, scaricabile gratuitamente all’indirizzo Internet http://www.acoma.it/pdfvolumi/volume01/1cartosio.pdf.
Dal Lago, Enrico e Rick Halpern, La schiavitù nella storiografia americana: trent’anni di dibattiti. "Acoma": vol. VII, n. 18, inverno, 2000. pp. 86-95, scaricabile gratuitamente all’indirizzo Internet http://www.acoma.it/pdfvolumi/volume18/18dallagohalpern.pdf.
Douglass, Frederick, Memorie di uno schiavo fuggiasco. Roma: manifestolibri, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
Ginzburg Migliorino, Ellen, La marcia immobile. Storia dei neri americani dal 1770 al 1970. Milano: Selene, 1994. pp. 19-72, 83-103. Cerca nel catalogo
Holt, Thomas C., African-American History, in Eric Foner (a cura di), The New American History. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997. pp. 311-32.
Joseph, Peniel E., The Black Power Movement: A State of the Field. "Journal of American History": vol. XCVI, n. 3, dicembre, 2008. pp. 751-76, scaricabile gratuitamente all’indirizzo Internet http://www.penielejoseph.com/StateoftheField.pdf.
Luconi, Stefano, Gli afro-americani dalla guerra civile alla presidenza di Barack Obama. Padova: Cleup, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
Testi, Arnaldo, La formazione degli Stati Uniti. Bologna: il Mulino, 2003. pp. 27-36, 167-84. Cerca nel catalogo
Venturini, Nadia, Il movimento afro-americano per i diritti civili. “Passato e Presente”: vol. XXVI, n. 74, maggio-agosto, 2008. pp. 133-48.
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Further information: ATTENZIONE!!! Il programma da 6 CFU per gli studenti del corso di laurea magistrale in Lingue e Letterature Europee e Americane è mutuato all'interno del programma da 9 CFU per gli studenti del corso di laurea magistrale in Scienze Storiche e copre l’arco di tempo compreso tra il periodo coloniale e la promulgazione del Voting Rights Act nel 1965. Pertanto, per gli studenti di LLEA; 1) la lettura del volume Gli afro-americani dalla guerra civile alla presidenza di Obama può essere limitata alle pp. 31-215, 2) non è richiesta la lettura dell'articolo di Joseph e 3) gli argomenti del campo “programma esteso” non oltrepassano quelli indicati prima del separatore *** // ***.