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AFAM 2A Course Guide

This guide was created by SJSU library science graduate students specifically for students of AFAM 2A.


Virtual Museum Exhibits

Black Women's Economic Power: Visualizing Domestic Spaces in the 1830s

This exhibit highlights the contributions of local boarding house hosts and hostesses who provided comfortable spaces for delegates of the 1830s conventions and helped turn their community into a rich hub for activism. It also acknowledges the obscured efforts of women whose livelihoods aided in fostering Black economic mobility—one of the aims of the conventions.

Working for Higher Education: Advancing Black Women's Rights in the 1850s

This exhibit accompanies Kabria Baumgartner’s essay, “Gender Politics and the Manual Labor College Initiative at National Colored Conventions in Antebellum America” in the in-progress volume, Colored Conventions in the Nineteenth Century and the Digital Age. While African American men spearheaded Colored Conventions, they were aware of the dominant trends in men’s and women’s higher education and they were almost always in dialogue with African American women intellectuals. 

Susie King Taylor: An African American Nurse in the Civil War

Do you know who Susie King Taylor was?

Born into slavery in the Deep South, she served the Union Army in various capacities: officially as a "laundress" but in reality a nurse, caretaker, educator, and friend to the First South Carolina Volunteer Infantry (later the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops Infantry Regiment). In 1902, she published these experiences in Reminiscences of My Life in Camp, a Civil War memoir told from the singular perspective of an African American woman.

Vital Midwives

Curators at the National Museum of African American History and Culture purchased this tintype at auction in 2014 because it provided rare visual evidence of a nineteenth-century black woman as a medical professional. Additional research uncovered a possible identification: Sarah Loguen Fraser (1863-1933), an African American female doctor—one of only about 115 in the nation in the 1890s. Loguen Fraser educated black midwives to integrate modern medical knowledge into their traditional routines.