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HIST 210 - African American History

PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 093 - Introduction to College Writing  and ENGL 083 - Reading Strategies for College  or ENGL 095 - Integrated Reading and Writing , or ENGL 075 - Co-Requisite Integrated Reading & Writing  
PROGRAM: Social Sciences

Covers major themes of African American history, its social and economic meaning; the struggle for freedom and social and political equality; contributions of African-Americans to cultural life in the United States and the world.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Identify the features of the history, politics, economics, and culture of African Americans.
  2. Develop an understanding of the interconnected peoples who made America.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the impact of African Americans on United States history, from Colonization to the modern era.
  4. Evaluate the domestic and global ramifications of the slave trade and the system of slavery in the United States as well as the significance of the American abolitionist movement and its transnational connections.
  5. Analyze the impact of African American civil rights movements from an American and global perspective, including key concepts and people involved in Freedom Struggle.
  6. Demonstrate writing and research skills, including ability to develop a research question, review relevant literature, collect information and data from a variety of sources, and support an argument with evidence.
  7. Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  8. Develop analytical and collaboration skills to analyze both historic and contemporary issues.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Africa: Precontact culture
  • Challenging supremacy
  • Middle Passage
  • Migrations
  • Colonial experience and a New Nation
  • African Americans & the Great Depression
  • “Africanization” of the Americas
  • Black culture and society
  • Slavery, Abolition, and the Quest for Freedom
  • World War II and seeds of Civil Rights
  • Civil War and Emancipation
  • Freedom Movement
  • Reconstruction
  • Black politics and White backlash

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