Dr. Antonio de la Cova
Office: Sycamore Hall 039
COURSE OBJECTIVES: A history of the transatlantic slave trade from its inception to its abolition. Through readings and discussions of text books, this course provides an overview of the varying degrees of European involvement in the slave trade and their dealings with the West African kingdoms. It analyzes slavery in the Caribbean, Brazil and the United States, its society, religiosity, health, resistance and rebellion, the causes and effects of its demise, and its legacy.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: There will be Power Point lectures, video analysis, and readings that require taking notes. Students are expected to use logical arguments sustained with evidence in class discussions and to improve their reading, writing, analytical, and speaking skills.
READINGS: You are expected to read the assigned texts and other articles assigned weekly. Questions regarding the texts and articles will appear on the exams and essay quizzes. The required texts are:
Rawley, James A. The Transatlantic Slave Trade. ISBN 0-8032-3961-0
Sparks, Randy J. The Two Prices of Calabar: An Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Odyssey. ISBN 0-674-01312-3
Klein, Herbert S. African Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean. ISBN13: 9780195038385
LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES RESOURCES WEBSITE: http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/ Contains topics and data related to this course.
GRADING: Your grade will consist of a Mid-Term Exam (30%), a Final Exam (30%), two essay quizzes (15% each), and participation and attendance (10%). Missing eight or more classes will further drop you another letter grade. The exams will cover material from the readings, lectures and presentations.
(100-92=A), (91.9-90=A-), (89.9-88=B+), (87.9-82=B), (81.9-80= B-), (79.9-78=C+), (77.9-72=C), (71.9-70=C-), (69.9-68=D+), (67.9-62=D), (61.9-60=D-), (Below 59.9= F).
MAKE-UP EXAMS: It will only be given if you have a valid physician's excuse or a verified family emergency. Makeups are different and considerably more difficult than the regularly scheduled test.
MISCONDUCT: Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with according to the student code of conduct.
Please contact me the first week of classes if you have special learning
CLASSES LECTURE TOPICS ASSIGNED READINGS Jan. 10-12 Overview of the course Exam & study guides Origins of slavery Rawley, 1-44 Jan. 17-19 The Portuguese pioneers Rawley, 45-68 Spain and the Asciento Agreement Rawley, 69-97
Jan. 24-26 The Dutch and the Danes Rawley, 98-128 The French traders Rawley, 129-165
Jan. 31 Slavery in St. Domingue & New Orleans Rawley, 166-200 Feb. 2 Slavery in the British Caribbean Rawley, 201-242
Feb. 7-9 The Spanish Caribbean plantations Rawley, 243-276 The plantation system in the U.S. Rawley, 277-304
Feb. 14-16 The 19th century sugar revolution Rawley, 305-330 Cuban slavery and race relations Rawley, 331-374
Feb. 21-23 Slave resistance Sparks, 1-32 Cimarrones and runaways Sparks, 33-69
Feb. 28 Slave society Sparks, 70-89 March 2 Mid-term Exam
March 7-9 Slave religiosity Sparks, 90-106 Slave health and diet Sparks, 107-126
March 11-19 Spring Recess
March 21-23 Haitian slave insurrection Sparks, 127-147 The kingdom of Haiti Klein, 1-20 March 28-30 Slave rebellions in the British W.I. Klein, 21-44 The international abolitionist movement Klein, 45-66
April 4-6 Free people of color in the U.S. Klein, 67-88 The Gullah and their heritage Klein, 89-112
April 11-13 British transition to free wage labor Klein, 113-138 The Conspiracy of La Escalera Klein, 139-162
April 18-20 The irrepressible conflict in the U.S. Klein, 163-188 Abolition in Cuba and Puerto Rico Klein, 189-216 April 25-27 The demise of Brazilian slavery Klein, 217-242 The legacy of slavery Klein, 243-272May Final Exam (Day & time to be announced)
The preceeding schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.