African-American History I

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Course Description:
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with, and stimulate interest in, the culture and history of the African-American. Emphasis is on the origins, struggles, fears, aspirations, and achievements of African-Americans. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course.

Course Details


No prerequisite, but either AMH 2010-2020 or SYG 1000-1010 is recommended.


James A. Padgett, M.A.

Mary McClendon

Robert Ivey

Richard Ivey



Required textbooks/ course materials:

No textbook(s) required.  Instructor will utilize OERs.


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Analyze the origins of mankind as it evolved into West Africa's unique heritage and assess the facets of its culture that have influenced the lives of African-Americans. 

Describe the humiliation and terrifying experience of the Middle Passage and the effect of slavery on American History.

Develop an appreciation for the role of class and gender in the shaping of America.

Explain why the Civil War was perceived as a “total war” and evaluate its results.

SS-1, SS-2, SS-4

SS-2, SS-4

SS-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-4

Unit Tests, Final Exam, Skills Demonstration, Writing Assignments, Projects, Documented Essays



Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.

Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  1. Africa…ca. 600 BCE-ca. 1600 CE
  2. Middle Passage…1450-1809
  3. Black People in Colonial North America…1826-1763
  4. Rising Expectations: African Americans and the Struggle for Independence…1763-1783
  5. African Americans in the New Nation…1783-1820
  6. Life in the Cotton Kingdom…1793-1861
  7. Free Black People in Antebellum America…1820-1861
  8. Opposition to Slavery…1730-1833
  9. Let Your Motto Be Resistance…1833-1850
  10. “And Black People were at the Heart of it”…1846-1861
  11. Liberation: African Americans and the Civil War…1861-1865
  12. The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction…1865-1868
  13. The Meaning of Freedom: The Failure of Reconstruction…1868-1877
  14. White Supremacy Triumphant: African Americans in the Late Nineteenth Century…1877-1895
  15. African Americans Challenge White Supremacy…1877-1918
  16. Conciliation, Agitation, and Migration: African Americans in the Early Twentieth Century…1895-1928
  17. African Americans and the 1920s…1915-1928
  18. Black Protest, the Great Depression, and the New Deal…1929-1941
  19. Meanings of Freedom: Culture and Society in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s…1930-1950
  20. The World War II Era and the Seeds of a Revolution…1936-1948
  21. The Long Freedom Movement…1954-1965
  22. Black Nationalism, Black Power, Black Arts…1965-1980
  23. Black Politics and President Obama, 1980-2016
  24. African Americans End the Twenty-First Century and Enter into the Twenty-First Century 1980-2016



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