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Monica Maria Tetzlaff

Monica Tetzlaff

Monica Maria Tetzlaff is an Associate Professor of History at IU South Bend. She received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialties are African American history, Women's History and social movements. In 2002, Dr. Tetzlaff published Cultivating a New South: Abbie Holmes Christensen and the Politics of Race and Gender, 1852-1938, a biography that looked at the intersection of race and gender in a white reformer’s life in the segregated South. She enjoys teaching and in 2007, she was voted instructor of the Year at IU South Bend. Dr. Tetzlaff is currently researching the Civil Rights Movement in South Bend, Indiana in the 1950s -1970s. She is the Director of the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center, whose mission is to record, preserve, and celebrate the struggles and extraordinary achievements of citizens committed to social justice. In partnership with schools, community organizations, neighborhood centers, and local government, the Civil Rights Heritage Center uses local and national history to promote social justice through individual responsibility and improved race relations. Students are encouraged to visit Dr. Tetzlaff in her office to find out how to get involved with doing history research and education with the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

 HIST A355 African American History to 1890

This course provides an overview of the experience of black Americans from Africa through slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Important themes include the struggle for freedom and equal rights, economics, family and society, regional diversity, and politics.  Race, gender and class are categories we will be using in our analysis of the events of African American history.  You will read writings by African Americans who experienced and shaped the events of the past (primary sources), in addition to writings by present-day historians (secondary sources).