HIST 395

Migration in African History

Most representations of African migration have focused on the Atlantic Slave Trade or, more recently, refugees and "third world" migrants coming to the "first world." This course argues that more recent manifestations of migration to, from, and within Africa are drawn from previous forms and networks of mobility. The first half of the course then focuses on forms of colonial and imperial migration, considering the relationship between the colonial economy and rule, and labor and migration up to independence in the 1960s. In its second half, the course focuses on the history of African migration since independence, and on the history of African communities in the United States.