04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W
Nguyen Engineering Building 1103
Section Information for Fall 2018
This course explores the labor and lives of black women from the antebellum era to the twenty-first century. Through a study of black women’s entrepreneurial endeavors, it is designed to have students engage with the multiplicity of strategies black women developed and relied upon to live and survive in the United States. Students will take a historical and theoretical look at enterprising black women - entrepreneurs, number runners, sex workers, artists, domestics, and beauty salon owners – and how their economic production has always been inextricably intertwined with political agitation and social change. Focusing on the intersection between the economic, cultural and political realms, we will explore how black women “made a way out of no way.” We will utilize a variety of texts to explore enterprising black women’s labor, including historical documents, novels, documentaries, films, and visual culture.
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