Sunday, January 31, 2010

Readings for 2/2 and 2/4: Harper's "The Two Offers" and Larsen's Passing

Nella Larsen, photographed by James Allen in 1928, age 37. Harmon Foundation Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Hi, class,

Here is the update* on the readings and presentations scheduled for next week:
Frances E.W. Harper: Read the handouts I gave you all. In addition, here is a link to a more readable version of her short story, "The Two Offers":

As I mentioned, I am cutting the Frederick Douglass readings for now—three students are delivering presentations on Douglass, so I will save my commentary for then.
Please read the above pieces and be ready to comment on a section that you find of particular significance--pay attention to diction, language, tone, and theme. What is significant about each piece? What do you notice about the rhetorical style?

In addition, we will be starting on Nella Larsen's Passing. Please read Part One: "Encounter," pp. 3-69. Although I will not require it, you may want to read Mae G. Henderson's foreword--it will provide some background and context to the novel.

* You are only responsible for reading the pieces listed above. However, if you have an opportunity, you may want to read the texts for this week’s presentations in advance:

Marteena will present Frances E.W. Harper, “We Are All Bound Up Together” (1866).
Aaron will present Frederick Douglass, “If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress” (1857). 

All best,
Prof. Williams

Individual Presentations: Guidelines & Schedule

Isaac and Rosa, Emancipated Slave Children, From the Free Schools of Louisiana, December 1863. Photo by Kimball.
Hi, class,

I am making a few modifications to the individual presentation guidelines. Please note the changes. You will be responsible for delivering a brief presentation (5 minutes maximum) on one of the readings from The Black Past, the online reference guide to African American history (click on link at left). The objective of the assignment is to present the work in such a way as to heighten the class’s interest in learning more about the author or the topic presented in the text.

You must provide a brief overview of the piece, as well as some analysis as to why you think the work is of continuing literary/historic value. Please provide a one-page handout with one or two passages which exemplify the major theme of the piece. This handout should include at least 3 educational/scholarly links  to more information about the author (such as an online bibliography, collected works, etc.).

A 5-minute presentation is approximately 2 double-spaced typed pages. You may prefer to write out your presentation or you may work from notes. Time yourself and rehearse so that you may give a polished, professional presentation--I will stop the presentation at 5 minutes. Be prepared to answer additional questions from the instructor and your classmates on the topic of your presentation. Below is the schedule of readings. Class will begin with the delivery of the presentations, so please come to class on time on the date of your presentation.

*There will be no make-up allowed for this presentation, which is worth 10 points.*

Thursday, 2/4
Aaron Bailey: Frederick Douglass, "If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress" (1857)
Marteena Lisle: Frances E.W. Harper, "We Are All Bound Up Together" (1866)

Tuesday, 2/9
Darnell Huggins: Frederick Douglass, "The Composite Nation" (1869)
Annzhinga Bailey: Hiram Revels, "The End of Segregated Schools" (1871)
Amirah Hillman: Frances E.W. Harper, "The Great Problem to be Solved" (1875)

Thursday, 2/11
Amatullah Safir: John F. Bruce, "Reasons Why the Colored Man Should Go to Africa" (1877)
Jonathan Olson: Peter H. Clark, "Socialism: The Remedy for the Evils of Society" (1877)

Tuesday, 2/16
Michelle Johnson: Ferdinand Barnett, "Race Unity" (1879)
Zandra Thomas: Lucy Parsons, "I Am an Anarchist" (1886)

Thursday, 2/18
Janere Davis: Frederick Douglass, "On Woman Suffrage" (1888)
Allyssa Bell: Anna Julia Cooper, "Women's Cause is One and Universal" (1893)
William Snell: Ida B. Wells, "Lynch Law in All Its Phases" (1893)

Tuesday, 2/23
Keyonna Hill: Booker T. Washington, "The Atlanta Compromise Speech" (1895)
Cecily Hillman: John H. Smyth, "The African in Africa and the African in America" (1895)

Thursday, 2/25
Pamela Hunter: Mary Church Terrell, "In Union There is Strength" (1897)
Quiana Warner: Alexander Crummell, "The Attitude of the American Mind..." (1898)
Teri Hills: Lucy Craft Laney, "The Burden of the Educated Colored Woman" (1899)

Tuesday, 3/2
Curline Stewart: W.E.B.Du Bois: "To the Nations of the World" (1900)
Charlee Thompson: Mary Church Terrell, "What it Means to be Colored..." (1906)
Alicia Stephens: Ida B. Wells, "This Awful Slaughter" (1909)

Thursday, 3/4
Sonia Saenz: William Pickens, "The Kind of Democracy the Negro Expects" (1919)
Quadriyyah Shakoor: Archibald Grimke, "The Shame of America..." (1920)
Joseph White: Marcus Garvey, "The Principles of the U.N.I.A." (1922)
Constance Smith: James Weldon Johnson, "Our Democracy and the Ballot" (1923)

Tuesday, 3/9
Ancin White, Jr.: Ralph J. Bunche, "The Barriers of Race Can Be Surmounted" (1949) 
Melisa Gonzalez: Charlotta Bass, "Acceptance Speech for V-Presidential Candidate..." (1952)

 Thursday, 3/11
Bianca Dasne: Malcolm X, "Exhorting Afro-Americans to Confront White Oppression" (1965)
Darnell Huggins: Stokely Carmichael, "Definitions of Black Power" (1966)

Tuesday, 3/16
Rijbergen Desroches (Jeff): Bayard Rustin, "From Protest to Politics" (1965)

Tuesday, 3/24

Taquanah Anderson: Shirley Chisolm, "I Am for the Equal Rights Amendment" (1970)
Michelle Ruiz-Taylor: Barbara Jordan: "Who, Then, Will Speak to the Common Good?" (1976)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Readings for 1/26 and 1/28: Loguen, Truth, Harper, and Douglass

Hi, class,

For tomorrow, we will work on Jermain Loguen, Sojourner Truth (Web), and the Frances E. W. Harper pieces I handed out.

If we have time, we will begin our discussion of Douglass during the second half of the class, and we will continue with Douglass on Thursday.

Jermain Loguen
 Loguen "I Won't Obey the Fugitive Slave Law"

Sojourner Truth
Truth "Arn't I a Woman?"

Frances E.W. Harper (I gave handouts--but here is a link to her short story, "The Two Offers")
"The Two Offers"

 Douglass (I will bring in selection from "Claims of the Negro, Ethnologically Considered" tomorrow)

"What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July?"

Please read the pieces and be ready to comment on a section that you find of particular significance--pay attention to diction, language, tone, and theme.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Welcome, English 238/002 Students!

1861 photo of girls in the school yard of the Colored Orphan Asylum, located at 5th Ave. & 43rd St. in New York City.

Good afternoon, students! Here is the blog for our class. I will post all links, handouts, and readings here. Take a look!

All best,

Prof. Williams