[SOLVED] Intro to African American History

[SOLVED] Intro to African American History

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April 25, 2022
SYLLABUS – Intro to African American History
Course Description:
In this course we will examine major topics and themes in African American history from the colonial era to the present day. Considering that race and racism, have been, and continue to be, profoundly powerful social and cultural forces in American society, this course will focus on the experience of African Americans in the US. This course will aid in the understanding of the role and contributions of African Americans to the growth and development of the United States. The course offers opportunities to examine the historical significance of African Americans from African Origins through present times.
Learning Objectives:
Understanding of the rich African history that predates slavery
Analyze the impact of enslavement on African Americans from the Revolution to Civil war.
Analyze the concept of white supremacy (including institutional racism)
Describe the effectiveness of the Civil Rights Movement
Understanding the challenges African Americans face today.
Grading Information
This course will be graded on the following items:
Discussion Participation 35%
Short Paper 1 25%
Project Proposal 5%
Final Paper 35%
Total 100%
Grading will be based on the following scale:
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 59 or below
Assignment Descriptions
Discussion Posts – This course places a strong emphasis on class participation through discussion of assigned readings. Students are required to respond to the discussion topic by the 5th day of the academic week and reply to 2 classmates by 11:59pm of day 7.
Sample Question Sample Discussion Post
How does Black History in America differ from American history? Why do you think it is important to teach African American history separately? The difference between Black history and traditional American history is that black history is global, whereas American history is focused on the United States; also, black history defines ‘Black’ as a race. Black history is the ongoing American quest for justice and truth, whereas American history is limited to the country’s history. Teaching African American history is vital because African Americans have had a significant impact on history and are profoundly embedded in America’s social fabric. African Americans have contributed significantly to every aspect of human accomplishment, including politics, science, technology, literature, engineering, and the American economy (King). The story of African Americans is found in every aspect of the American experience.
After the Civil War, African Americans were supposed to be free from slavery, but faced obstacles as trying to exercise rights as citizens. What do you think it would be like to have been a Black person during this time? After the Civil War, but before the Civil Rights Movement, even though African Americans were nominally free of slavery, they would nevertheless encounter obstacles in exercising their rights as citizens. People would face internal and external struggles, making life difficult. The Civil War’s aftermath was exciting, full of hopes, and violent. With few rights or privileges, newly freed African Americans would go through a period of formerly unrecognized freedom from the former plantation system, flanked by and extremely rebellious and war-weary white people.
African Americans would have a moment in which they would be able to vote, actively engage in politics, possess previous owners’ land, search for employment, and use public facilities. Furthermore, they would regain control over their lives, families, and communities. To gain some freedom from their former rulers, black families would purchase land and establish businesses. The first black men would be elected to the United States Congress, Southern state legislatures, and tribunals. The first public school systems in the South would be established, as were black universities (IOWA). However, the progress was short-lived. On the other hand, opponents of this progress quickly fought against the previous African American freedom. They find ways to sabotage the achievements; however, so many people had died. However, African Americans developed ways to fight back despite psychological and physical discrimination.
Short Paper 1 – Students will write a short essay, approximately 2 pages, on the impacts of the civil war on African Americans. The paper should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman font. The submission should be formatted in MLA 8th edition style and be carefully edited and proofread.
Final Paper –
Topic Selection – Select a topic on any era in African American history.
Final Paper – Final paper will be between 1500 – 1800 words, based on the approved topic.
Classroom deadlines are based on US East Coast time. Credit for late assignments will be at the discretion of the professor. Late assignments may be subjected to small deductions.
Class and Assignment Schedule
Week Topic Assignments Due Date
1 American Slavery READ: Origins of American Slavery– http://www.jstor.org/stable/25161964
2 The Fight for Freedom: The Civil War
3 The Fight for Freedom Continues: The Civil War Short Paper 1 Last day of the academic week by 11:59pm
5 Project Proposal Last day of the academic week by 11:59pm
8 Final Paper Last day of the academic week by 11:59pm

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