New Course on Hamilton and Black Resistance Across the Atlantic World– Coming Spring 2018
My colleague, Dr. Kristen Oertel and I are excited to offer this new course at the University of Tulsa entitled, “The Roots of Hamilton: Relics of Resistance Across the Black Atlantic World“.
This course will use the life of Alexander Hamilton as a window through which to view the different forms of revolution and resistance that animated the Black Atlantic world. Following the roots of Hamilton entails a journey through the Caribbean and America, where we can examine cycles of black resistance and the physical objects that connect to the resiliency of the black community in two different regions as well as the legal recourse taken by whites in the aftermath of such resistance. In summary this course will explore the relationship between America and its Caribbean neighbors through the perspectives of archaeology and history, from revolution to revolution.
This class is making history in a number of ways as the first team taught course at TU with a historian and an archaeologist joining forces to dive into the written record and material culture related to this topic. Also, this course culminates in a Spring extension trip to St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands, where the students who have been reading about enslavement, resistance and freedom in the Atlantic world all semester long will get a chance to immerse themselves in all the cultural resources and rich history that the Virgin Islands has to offer in person. We see this course as a living lab, where students are not only engaged with current literature on the topic but the class is actually able to interact with other students from the Virgin Islands and connect with students and community members on island as they explore questions about citizenship, the aftermath of colonization, and the relics of history that are left behind to tell the story of the men and women who fought a daily battle against slavery across the Atlantic world.
To find out more information about the class follow the link below