This course is a chronological survey of the history of Africans in the Americas. Course content leads students from ancient civilizations to the transport of Africans to the Americas, and culminates in a primary focus on events in the U.S. African-Americans are traced from the European slave trade through the civil rights movements of the turbulent 1960s. Current events are explored through a historical lens. This swift-paced course extends the student’s ability to analyze and interpret both primary and secondary reading material. A college-level textbook is used. Class activities include collaborative group work, oral presentations, debates, lectures, and analysis of historical documents. Writing clear and correct creative prose, essays, and a research paper is an important part of the course. Successful completion of an independent research paper is a course requirement.
Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors