Welcome to the Rodeo: Black Cowgirls, Style, Music, Food & More
In this 5-week course, students will engage with the cultural impacts and fusion of Black western history across the United States of America.
US Grade 5 - 8
After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, being a cowhand was one of the few roles available to African American men (and women), many of whom had been born enslaved and were unsure of how to navigate the 'free' world around them. Despite them serving as the the predominant labor force behind the lucrative ranching industry of the South Western United States, they are consistently omitted from historical retellings and popular culture adaptations and accounts. Historians...
By the courses end, students will be junior pop culture and history archivists, having learned how to identify obscure points of history and map the historical presence and contemporary contributions of African Americans.
Homework OfferedHomework assignments will be due weekly. They will take the form of a writing assignment or creative expression project.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
YouTube: A curated YouTube playlist will be shared with students. Videos are pre-screened and used to further course knowledge. Nearpod: Nearpod is an online tool that will be utilized in this course to make our flexible learning more collaborative and engaging! Smithsonian Magazine: Students may use Smithsonian Magazine for individual research done outside of class time.
The Yeehaw Agenda Exploring the Hidden History of Black Cowboys and Cowgirls | ShondaLand Breaking down the stereotypes of what a cowgirl can be | Nadine Ijewere The Black Yeehaw agenda is chic and thriving. | Carla Aurelie The Yeehaw Agenda Explained: Why the Black Cowboy Is Suddenly Back in Fashion | W Magazine
Meet the teacher
Morgan Jael is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis where she earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in African/African American Studies and participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship where she surveyed the cultural...
$23weekly or $115 for 5 weeks
No live video meetings