African American History  

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This course will examine an often-overlooked portion of American history. The course will look at some of the early facts about slavery (i.e. - the origins of the slave trade; antebellum, plantation-life for slaves; changes in slavery in America, etc.). The course will, however, primarily focus on the cultural strides (as well as continuing struggles) of African-Americans since the beginning of the 1900s. Areas of interest could include, but are not limited to: Black Codes; the Harlem Renaissance; Jim Crow laws; landmark Supreme Court cases; standout individuals (i.e. - W. E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks, A. Philip Randolph, Emmitt Till, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokeley Carmichael, etc.); the struggle for school integration; sit-ins; jail-ins; boycotts; the Freedom Rides; Freedom Summer; and the civil rights movement. Class activities and assignments will include various individual tasks (i.e. - extensive readings, research papers, presentations, etc.), lecture and note-taking sessions, quizzes, exams, and possible visits to local areas of significance in African-American history.

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