Undergraduate Course: Black Nationalism in America (HIST10116)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Nationalism has been a recurring theme in African American history. The peaks and troughs of its popularity tell us much about the state of American race relations at any given time. The course will enable you to examine diverse forms of black nationalism in the United States, and to engage with relevant historiographical debates and concepts.
The course will examine key themes in the history of black nationalism in America from the nineteenth century until the mid-1970s, with some attention to post-1970s developments. Key issues include defining black nationalism, examining bases of support, and explaining the shifting appeal of black nationalism. Accordingly the course will investigate different forms of black nationalism, including racial solidarity, cultural nationalism, religious nationalism, and Pan-Africanism.
The topics covered are Black Nationalism in Nineteenth Century America; Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association; African Americans and Pan-Africanism in the first half of the twentieth century; W. E. B. Du Bois; The Nation of Islam until Elijah Muhammad's Death; Robert Williams; Malcolm X after the Nation of Islam; The Meanings of Black Power; The Black Panther Party and other radical political groups; state repression of Black Nationalism; Cultural Nationalism; and Black Nationalism after the 1960s.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2 x 1,500 word Book Review (25% each)
3,000 word Essay (50%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- Demonstrate, by way of class discussion, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
|Wilson Jeremiah Moses, The Golden Age of Black Nationalism, 1850-1925 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988)|
Wilson Jeremiah Moses (ed.), Classical Black Nationalism: From the American Revolution to Marcus Garvey (New York: New York University Press, 1997)
Mark Newman, Black Nationalism in American History: From the Nineteenth Century to the Million Man March (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018)
Alphonso Pinkney, Red, Black, and Green: Black Nationalism in the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976).
Dean E. Robinson, Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
William L. Van Deburg (ed.), Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan (New York and London: New York University Press, 1997)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Mark Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3759
|Course secretary||Miss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 2501