1. Develop an awareness of the African heritage of Black Americans.
2. Develop an appreciation for the African-American influence on
language, music and other aspects of American culture.
3. Recognize the impact of slavery, emancipation and the struggle
for civil rights on American law and politics.
4. Analyze the African-American's past and present role in helping
shape U.S. social and economic policy.
5. Analyze the historical roots of racism and the on-going problem
of racial conflict in contemporary American society.
6. Voluntarily express their views and pose questions during in-class
7. Record lecture and reading material on written exams.
8. Synthesize lecture and reading material on written exams.
9. Demonstrate communication and analytical skill levels on exams and
other written assignments.
I. African-American Historiography
A. Controversies surrounding the research and writing of
B. African-American historiography and its relationship to
history and culture.
II. African Heritage
A. Pre-European African civilization
B. African religion, art and folkways
C. African survivals in the New World
III. Slavery and the Western World
A. Impact of the Atlantic Slave Trade on Africa, Europe and
B. Comparative look at slavery in British, Spanish and
C. The "Peculian Institution" and the Southern United States.
IV. North of Slavery: Free Blacks in Ante-Bellum America
V. Slavery and Sectionalism
A. The Moral and Economic Debate
B. The Abolitionist Crusade
C. From the Missouri Compromise to Harper's Ferry
VI. Civil War: "The Second American Revolution"
A. From War for the Union to War for Emancipation
B. The African-American and the Union Effort
C. Blacks under the Confederacy
VII. Reconstruction: "The Second Civil War"
A. The Anxieties and Expectations of Emancipation
B. African-American Participation in Reconstruction
C. Black Codes, the Klan, and Neo-Slavery
VIII. The African-American and the New South
A. Jim Crow and the Nadir in American Race Relations
B. Booker T. Washington and the Atlanta Compromise
C. Populism and the Black Farmer
D. W.E.B. DuBois and the Niagra Movement
IX. Between the Wars
A. World War I, Black Migration and the "New Negro"
B. The Harlem Rennaisance and the Jazz Age
C. Garveyism and the Back to Africa Movement
D. The African-American and New Deal Politics
X. World War II and the Truman Years
A. The Fight at Home and Abroad
B. Migration and Urbanization
C. Discrimination in the Defense Industries
D. Truman and the Fair Deal
XI. The Civil Rights Struggle
A. Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
B. CORE, SNCC and Non-Violent Protest
C. The March on Washington
XII. Black Power and the Sixties
A. Self-Help, Militancy and Racial Awareness
B. Malcom X and Pan Africanism
C. Disillusionment and the "Long Hot Summers"
XIII. Viet Nam and the Great Society
A. The African-American Soldier in Viet Nam
B. Rhythm & Blues meet Rock n' Roll: The African-American
and the Youth Culture
C. The African-American and the New Left
A. The African-American Community and Contemporary American
B. The Debate Over Affirmative Action
Colin A. Palmer: Passageways: An Interpretive History of Black
America, 2 Volumes, (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1998).