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NEWS FROM CONNECTICUT COLLEGE November 2013

Connecticut College history class airs on C-SPAN


11/15/2013
A C-SPAN camera crew visited Professor David Canton's classroom Oct. 8 to film his lecture, "African Americans in the 1920s,"  for the American History TV program.

A C-SPAN camera crew visited Professor David Canton's classroom Oct. 8 to film his lecture, "African Americans in the 1920s," for the American History TV program.

C-SPAN’s American History TV took viewers inside a Connecticut College classroom on a recent episode of “Lectures in History.”

“African Americans in the 1920s,” a class-session lecture by Professor David Canton, can be watched on C-SPAN's website. It aired on C-SPAN3 on Saturday, Nov. 9, and again on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Canton, an associate professor of history who specializes in 20th century American social history and the civil rights movement, taught the lesson Oct. 8. It is part of his course African American History 1865-Present, which examines the development of the African-American community since the end of slavery and the political, social and economic impact of racism, sexism and classism.

Canton’s lecture takes viewers beyond what is written in the history books to help history buffs and everyday citizens understand the complex challenges faced by African Americans during the Roaring ’20s and outlines the strategies they developed to confront the rampant racism of the time.

“All textbooks mention W.E.B. Du Bois and Marcus Garvey, but my lecture introduces Hubert Harrison and Grace Campbell, two black radicals,” Canton says. “African-American leadership is not monolithic, it is dynamic and complex.”