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African-American History to 1865: Diaspora and Liberation (HIST 1300)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines the African experience in the Americas from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War. This includes African civilizations and their cultural characteristics, the formation of capitalism and its slavery roots, and the development of racialistic structures. Included will be issues of cultural hegemony, states' rights and the Civil War. The progressive attempts by African American men and women and their Native American and Caucasian allies to obtain freedom and to gain their political rights will be explored.

Topical Outline:
1. What is History?
2. Africa Before the Atlantic Slave Trade
3. Ideas of Race and the Origins of the Atlantic Slave System
4. Slavery and Africans in Colonial America
5. African-Americans in the Revolution, Slavery in the Constitution
6. Resistance, Rebellion and Civil War

Learning Outcomes:
1. Analyze primary and secondary sources in proper historical context
2. Identify historical interpretations through critical reading
3. Construct historical arguments (written and oral) using evidence
4. Understand and explain the major themes, events and issues of African-American History 1400-1865
5. Recognize the significant role Africans and African-Americans play in shaping both American and World history
6. Apply knowledge of African-American History 1 to better understand current issues that affect you, your family, your community and your world

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity