Amazing Grace: How Writers Helped End Slavery

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Through readings, discussion, and a series of short writing assignments, this course will examine the writings of the antislavery writers and reformers of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries whose passionate words formed the vanguard of a global movement. With Barnard College antislavery-writings scholar James Basker as our guide, we will explore the poetry, fiction, sermons, slave narratives, and songs that helped to end American slavery and make human rights an expectation of people throughout the world.

Course Dates: Sessions for this course will air from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern time on the following dates: January 30, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 6, and March 13. Video Sessions will be archived and viewable within one hour after the session first airs. You can watch them at any time after they have aired.

Required Text: James Basker, American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation, Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 2012.

Additional required texts will be made available through the course Blackboard site.

Assignments: Assignments will be posted on the Adams State Blackboard course site when it opens January 14.


Lead Scholar

James Basker

James G. Basker is the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History at Barnard College, Columbia University. He was educated at Harvard and Cambridge, and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He has published several books, including Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660–1810 (2002), Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings, 1760–1820 (2005), and American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation (2012). Professor Basker is also the founder and President of OxBridge Academic Programs, which for the past twenty-five years has sponsored academic summer programs and teacher seminars in Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona, and New York.