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African American History
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
African American History is a survey course that spans the history of America. Students will begin by learning about ancient African society and culture. Their studies will take them through history to the presidency of Barack Obama. Students will explore African traditions as they were passed down from generation to generation. Students will examine the brutal institution of slavery and, through primary source readings, will follow the history of slavery through the American Civil War. Other topics include Reconstruction, Jim Crow laws, and the Civil Rights Movement. Students will comprehend the long struggle African Americans have endured to secure their constitutional rights. The goal of this course is to show the powerful and influential role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the great empires of West Africa.
  • Identify and explore the kingdoms of East and South Africa.
  • Describe the Middle Passage.
  • Examine the first Africans in America.
  • Examine the Revolutionary War era.
  • Analyze the role of citizenship in the New Nation.
  • Describe the roots of African American culture.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the slave system.
  • Explain how African Americans resisted slavery.
  • Explore the antislavery movement.
  • Analyze The Coming Conflict (Civil War).
  • Describe the Civil War and freedom for slaves.
  • Examine Reconstruction and the emergence of black political leaders.
  • Describe the unwritten Jim Crow laws.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explain how and why African Americans moved west.
  • Examine the role African Americans played in World War I.
  • Explore the changes in black society, and review the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Examine the role African Americas play in World War II.
  • Analyze social and cultural change after World War II.
  • Explain how African Americans battled segregation.
  • Describe how the Civil Rights Movement began to take shape.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine how the Civil Rights Movement grew.
  • Discuss the victories and violence of the movement.
  • Explore the growing militancy within the movement.
  • Examine the arts and culture in the Civil Rights era.
  • Discuss the economics and social changes to African American life.
  • Explore activism today.

Course Materials

  • Holt African American History (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved