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AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES 116 examines the origins of the African slave trade, and explore political, economic, demographic and cultural factors shaping African American life and culture prior to 1865.

Meets Historical Studies, L&S Breadth
Meets Social & Behavioral Sciences, L&S Breadth
Meets the Carceral Geographies Course Thread

Ula Taylor is Professor of African American Studies and a 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award winner. What her students say about her teaching: “Brilliant”; “engaging”; “funny”; “amazing.”