HIS 3630, African American History 1
Course Description A survey of African American history from the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present, with a special emphasis on the Black struggle for freedom, this course considers how the analysis of cultural, intellectual, and political artifacts shape narratives about the experience of African Americans and their role in the development of American democracy and culture.
Course Textbook Carson, C., Lapsansky-Werner, E. J., & Nash, G. B. (2011). The struggle for freedom: A history of African Americans
(2nd ed. combined). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Course Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Deploy historical analysis of text, image, audio and visual media, and other primary artifacts to frame significant developments in African American history from 1600 to the present.
2. Delineate the varied philosophical approaches and political strategies of influential individuals and organizations in different reform eras.
3. Examine the evolution of key African American movements and their contributions to the development of American civil rights and democratic institutions.
4. Evaluate the role of literature and arts created by African Americans in their development and their contribution to American politics and culture.