2490 - The Black Press and U.S. History: From the Beginning to the Civil Rights Era
This course is a chronological survey of the African-American press in the United States. Emphasis is on key people and issues during critical eras in the African-American experience. The course will trace the development of the black press from its beginning in 1827 to the present, using major events in African-American and general U.S. history as a backdrop. We shall look at black newspapers and magazines as cultural depositories and historical documents that recorded the philosophical debates, problems, solutions, concerns, growth and development of the African-American community in the United States. In addition, we shall consider the black press as an active creator of the consciousness it chronicled. Through this course of study, it is intended that students will gain a broad understanding of the black press in the United States, including the key men and women in the development of black media and the issues they have faced over time. Lecture (plus Questions)
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