NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HIS 141-142 - AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY I-II (3 CR.) (3CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Surveys the history of black Americans from their African origins to the present. HIS 141 begins with the history and culture of the peoples of West Africa and ends with the American Civil War. HIS 142 begins with Reconstruction and ends with the present time. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

Increases the knowledge of aspects of African history, from the development of the cultures of the different peoples of Africa prior to contact with the Europeans, to the present-day, circumstances and contributions of African Americans.

ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES

No prerequisites. Average reading abilities.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Gives students an appreciation of Africa’s cultural heritage and its relationship to modern day Africans and African Americans.

2. Shows students how the tools of anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics enhance the study of African and African American history.

3. Explores the significance of African economic, political, and social institutions on contemporary society.

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED - HIS 141 1. Anthropological evidences for the African origins of mankind

2. Cush and Egypt

3. African migrations

4. West African kingdoms (Ghana, Mali, Songhay)

5. European contacts

6. Slave trade

7. Comparison of slavery in Latin America and North America

8. Colonial slavery

9. Slavery and the American Revolution: inconsistencies

10. African American culture: African survivals

11. Free blacks

12. Antislavery versus abolitionism

13. Civil War

MAJOR TOPICS TO BE COVERED- HIS 142 1. Reconstruction

2. Strange career of Jim Crow

3. Americans’ "Black" Empire

4. Harlem Renaissance-Marcus Garvey movements

5. Great Depression and World War II

6. Early civil rights struggles. 1945-1954

7. True impact of Brown v Board of Education

8. 1960 the presents: from freedom riders to what?

9. Future responses of Afro-Americans

Reviewed 8/01

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