This course examines the changing historical relationships between Africa, Africans, and New York City. How have people of diverse African origins shaped institutions, businesses, and neighborhoods in New York? How have political and economic developments in New York shaped African cities and imaginations? Case studies will include the trans-Atlantic slave trade and its abolition, the Harlem Renaissance, and West African migration to NYC since the 1980s. Students will practice oral history and ethnography, and visit the archives of the Schomburg Center for Black Research. The course will culminate in a 18-25 page paper based on original student research.