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AFAM 4620

African American Poetry

African American poetry from the colonial period to the present, including slave and folk songs of the mid-nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's and contemporary poetry.  Emphasis on such figures as Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rita Dove, Kevin Young, and others.


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Study within African American cultural history provides a basis for understanding political, social, and economic relations throughout human history.