Faculty Profile

Regina Sweeney

Associate Professor of History (2001)

Contact Information

sweeneyr@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 310
717.245.1682

Education

  • B.A., Tufts University,1980
  • M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1986
  • Ph.D., 1992

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HIST 215 African Slavery/Global Context
Cross-listed with AFST 220-06.This course will examine the history of slavery on the African continent as well as the global impact of the slave trade. The first part of the course will consider the nature and scope of slavery in Africa and explore how slavery has been defined and continues to be defined. Then the course will focus on the diaspora of African slavery, most notably the Atlantic slave trade, but we will also explore the history of enslaved Africans taken to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This course will cover how slave trade systems worked, internal social dynamics of slavery, African influences in the diaspora, environmental change, and the impact of abolition.

AFST 220 African Salvery/Global Context
Cross-listed with HIST 215-04.This course will examine the history of slavery on the African continent as well as the global impact of the slave trade. The first part of the course will consider the nature and scope of slavery in Africa and explore how slavery has been defined and continues to be defined. Then the course will focus on the diaspora of African slavery, most notably the Atlantic slave trade, but we will also explore the history of enslaved Africans taken to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This course will cover how slave trade systems worked, internal social dynamics of slavery, African influences in the diaspora, environmental change, and the impact of abolition.

AFST 220 Afr Hist/Earliest Times-C.1850
Cross-listed with HIST 270-01.This course provides an overview to the political, social, and ecological history of Africa. We will examine the peopling of the continent, the origins of agriculture, the growth of towns and the development of metal technology. Written sources before the 1400s are almost nonexistent for most of Africa, and so we will use archaeological and linguistic sources. The geographic focus of the course will be the Middle Nile, Aksum in Ethiopia, the Sudanic states in West Africa, Kongo in Central Africa, the Swahili states of the East African coast, and Zimbabwe and KwaZulu in Southern Africa. We will also examine the Atlantic Slave Trade and the colonization of the Cape of Good Hope.

AFST 220 African Amer Since Slavery
Cross-listed with HIST 273-01.Focuses on the history of Americans of African ancestry in the years following the American Civil War, which ended in 1865. The course examines several important transformations of African Americans as a people. In the first, we consider the transition from slavery to a nominal but highly circumscribed "freedom," which ended with the destruction of Reconstruction governments in the South. We consider the institution-building and community-building processes among African Americans, and the development of distinctive elite and folk cultures among various classes of black people. We examine the Great Migration north and west between 1900 and 1920, and the urbanization of what had been a predominately rural people. Fifth, we consider the differential impact of World War I, the Great Depression, and the New Deal and World War II on African Americans, and the creation of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's - 1980's.

HIST 231 Modern France
French society, culture, and politics from the French Revolution to the present. Themes include revolutionary tradition, the development of modern life in Paris, the French empire, and the impact of World War I and II. Offered every other year.

HIST 270 Afr Hist/Earliest Times-c.1850
Cross-listed with AFST 220-02.

HIST 273 African Amer Since Slavery
Cross-listed with AFST 220-03.

HIST 333 The First World War
A study of the causes, progress, and consequences of the first global conflict of modern times. Particular attention is paid to the political and social impact of total warfare on the participating nations. Offered every other year.