Within the construct of African American Business history, race, contemporary American popular culture and global capitalism, this course will focus on an important aspect in the contemporary political economy of black Americans. Specifically, the commodification (sale) of black culture provides the conceptual frame for an examination of the phenomenon of both the superstar black athlete as an entrepreneur and the Hip Hop Superstar as an entrepreneur in post-Civil Rights America. The emphasis in this course, then, is to critically examine and analyze the impact of a multiplicity of societal, cultural and economic factors in the post-modern information age, propelled by new technologies in the New Economy of Global Capitalism. Also, consideration will be given to the new diversity as it impacts on the political economy of African Americans.
Proceeding from an interdisciplinary perspective, the course considers both the financial successes of superstar black athletes and hip hop entrepreneurs as well as their emergence as cultural icons, contrasted with the comparatively overall poor performance of Black Business not only within the intersection of race, gender, class, but also within the context of transnationalism in the globalization sale of African American Culture in post-Civil Rights America. But who profits?
Most important, why is it that business receipts for African Americans, who comprise almost thirteen percent of this nation's population, amounted in 2007 to only .5%, that is, less than one (1) percent of the nation's total business receipts? In addition, why is it that among the various occupational categories in which blacks participate in the nation's economy, especially as businesspeople, that black entertainers and sports figures are the highest paid? What does this say about race, class, gender and hegemonic masculinities in America at the turn of the new century?
Anderson, Maggie, Our Black Year: One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy
Jones, Marvin D. Fear of a Hip Hop Planet: America’s New Dilemma
Marable, Manning, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems Race, Political Economy, and Society
Rhoden, William C. Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Smith-Shomade, Beretta, Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: Selling Black Entertainment Television
Stoute, Steve, The Tanning of America: How Hip Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of a New Economy
Walker, Juliet E. K. “History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship”
Course Packet chapters 6-11 from The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race,
Entrepreneurship (New York/London: Macmillan/Prentice Hall International, 1998)
Critical Book Review Analysis 25%
(5 reviews, 2-3 pages 5 points each)
Class Discussion/participation 25%
Oral Summary of Research Paper 5%
Seminar Research Paper (15 pages) 45%
HIS 350R - 39510 - 39-HAMILTON/JEFFERSON IN CNTXT Olwell, Robert
HIS 350R - Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in Context
Spring 2017 Robert A Olwell, Associate Professor
In this course, students will first read and discuss texts written about and by Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. They will then work collaboratively to design, research, write, and revise analytical essays (approximately 5000 words in length) that examine some aspect of either or both of these men or the world they lived in.
HIS 356S - 39554 - AMER PRES 1789 TO PRESENT Brands, Henry
HIS 356S - American Presidency: 1789 to the Present
Spring 2017 Bill Brands, Professor
For more than a century, the presidency has occupied the center of American politics. Yet the modern presidency bears faint resemblance to the institution the founders created in the 1780s. This course will examine the presidency and the individuals who have held it, with an eye toward discovering trends of historical and contemporary interest. Topics will include the presidency in the Constitution, the emergence of political parties, the role of the president as diplomat-in-chief, the presidency and the sectional crisis, the president at war, the emergence of the United States as a world power, the president as a celebrity, the family lives of presidents, and the president and the evolving media.
An essential part of the course will be the attempt to understand what goes into presidential decisions. Successful presidents differ from unsuccessful presidents chiefly in their ability to make good decisions: to do the right thing. How does a president know what is the right thing? Whose interests and opinions does he weigh? How does he enact or enforce right decisions? Students will examine case studies of crucial presidential decisions. By close reading of primary historical documents – letters, diaries, speeches, government documents, newspaper accounts – students will reconstruct the presidential decision process. They will make the arguments for and against presidential decisions. They will explain and defend the decisions they would have made in the president’s place.
George Washington, by James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn
Thomas Jefferson, by Joyce Appleby
Woodrow Wilson, by H. W. Brands
Harry S. Truman, by Robert Dallek
Richard M. Nixon, by Elizabeth Drew
Case study materials
Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Theodore Roosevelt and Panama
Wilson and the Lusitania
Truman and the atom bomb
Nixon and the Pentagon Papers
Daily in-class writing assignments (100 words each)
Two book reviews (500 words each)
Three case studies (1000 words each)
Daily writing assignments: 25 percent
Book reviews: 25 percent
Case studies: 50 percent