HIS 455 Idi Amin's Uganda: Myth, Memory and Manuscripts

This course explores leading approaches and questions in historical argument and practice, such as source analyses, the philosophy of history, public history, power and gender, and violence and memory. The historical period of study will concentrate on the life and times of Idi Amin, who was postcolonial Africa’s most infamous dictator. The course provisions one week of field research in Washington, DC. Its sites include: the National Archives at College Park; the Smithsonian Institute of African Art; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. This course includes a community-based learning component.