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Recent African-American History: Since 1850

Course NumberHIS 215W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 4 or WRITING LEVEL 2. Focuses on the ideological, strategic and demographic changes and conflicts of Afro-Americans since emancipation, with special emphasis on legal and extra-legal terror and the many social movements including Bookerism, Garveyism, Pan- Africanism, "The King Years" (specifically 1955-1968), and the post-King era. Examines emerging Africa, new-racism, and the diversity within the current Afro-American community. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate an understanding of the events and causes that led to the Civil War.
  1. Explain the events that led to the Civil War.
  2. Discuss the role blacks played in the Civil War.

Describe and analyze the developments in America between 1865-1877, and the affect on the lives of African-Americans during that time.
  1. Discuss the Civil Rights amendments that were added to the Constitution between 1865-1870 and the changes they wrought in the lives of African-Americans.
  2. Discuss the role blacks played in government during the Reconstruction Era.
  3. Explain what life was like for a majority of African-Americans during this period of history.
  4. Discuss the electoral process and how electoral votes were finally derived in the election of 1876.
  5. Discuss the election of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, and relate to the close of the Reconstruction Era.

Demonstrate an understanding of the period known as "The Age of Booker T. Washington."
  1. Explain the social, political, and economic conditions which brought Booker T. Washington into prominence as a national and international figure.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the speech Washington delivered at the Atlanta Cotton States Exposition that brought him into national and world prominence.
  3. Explain why some criticized Washington's speech and labeled it "The Atlanta Compromise".
  4. Explain specific objections some blacks had to Washington's model of leadership.
  5. Compare and contrast the economic development position proposed by Washington and the protest tradition.
  6. Identify leadership forces and social conditions which led to the formation of the Niagara Movement and the formation of the NAACP.
  7. Discuss the conference at Amenia, New York called in the aftermath of Washington's death in 1915, which was the beginning of the triumph of the protest tradition over the economic advocacy of Washington and his supporters.

Demonstrate understanding of the Garvey Movement, its ties to Washington's philosophy, the forces acting against it, and its relationship to the rise of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920's.
  1. Explain the connection between Booker T. Washington economic program and the Garvey Movement.
  2. Discuss the opposition which developed as a result of Marcus Garvey's program and his organizational efforts.
  3. Explain how Garvey's organization collapsed as a result of external forces as well as internal mistakes and contradictions.
  4. Discuss the Garvey Movement in the context of its influence on the emerging Harlem Renaissance.
  5. Discuss key figures who were instrumental in the making of the significant literary movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.
  6. Trace the Harlem Renaissance from its beginning point in the 1920's to its demise in 1930, and some of the prominent figures and their works.

Demonstrate an understanding of how significant historical events were factors in the modern civil rights movement.
  1. Explain the relationship between the civil rights efforts of the early 1900's, the 1920's, and the 1940's and how these efforts helped shape developments that launched the modern civil rights. movement.
  2. Explain the differences in leadership models during the 1960's and 1970's, the organizations in which these differences were expressed, and how these models are historic in nature.
  3. Discuss the 1963 March on Washington and the events leading up to this historic event.
  4. Discuss advances and progress made throughout the nation as a result of the civil rights movement during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.
  5. Explain the forces that launched the civil rights movement in the 1950's and 1960's, and their influence upon the emerging Africa.

Demonstrate an understanding of the rise of black political involvement and economic progress from the 1970's to the present.
  1. Explain how the civil rights efforts of the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's led to black political empowerment.
  2. Trace the origins of the modern civil rights movement from its early 20th century roots to its culmination point in the 1960's and beyond.
  3. Explain how campaigns on the part of black political figures are an outgrowth of earlier civil rights efforts.
  4. Discuss educational opportunities and the challenges of the coming 21st century based upon the legacy of the past.

Use writing tasks to promote learning.
  1. Practice critical writing skills wthin the subject.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.
  3. Support a particular position or point of view by making use of various documents which support position.

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