Standards

There is no agreement on African American Studies High School Curriculum within the US. This is predictable, and regrettable— but somehow it reflects all of the problems and issues that we face as Americans about diversity, race, ethnicity, and the future. We certainly will spend much of the discussion time that we choose discussing how to connect the past with the present— somehow, hopefully developing perspectives for a future.

It is a difficult time in America.

The Baltimore City Document is outdated; for SY1617 the City's course catalog has split a full year in AFAM Studies into a mirror of US History (Beginnings to 1865; Reconstruction to Contemporary).

In the interest of preserving the introductory scope of this course (while waiting for further MSDE guidance), we have adopted a semester format that allows for the following broad based exposure for students.

As part of an effort to bridge student interest, multiple Project Options and Formats will be provided to allow for student interest and skill development.

86 Teaching Days

  • Unit 1: Context Beginnings to 1500 (3 Weeks)

    • (A) Introduction to African American Studies (2 Days)
    • (B) The Geography of Africa (2 Days)
    • (C) A Brief History of Africa to 1500 (3 Days)
    • (D) Ethnic Groupings in Africa (2 Days)
    • (E) Islam and an Established Slave Trade (2 Days)
    • (F) A Developing Connection between Europe and Africa (2 Days)
  • Unit 2: Atlantic World 1500 to 1800 (4 Weeks)

    • (G) The Slave Trade Moves to America (3 Days)
    • (H) Slave Ships and the Middle Passage (4 Days)
    • (i) International Trade and Labor Systems (3 Days)
    • (J) An Axis of Slave Systems (4 Days)
    • (K) A Developing "African-American" Culture (3 Days)
    • (L) A Freedom Beacon from Philadelphia (2 Days)
  • Unit 3: Freedom Yearning 1800 to 1865 (5 Weeks)

    • (M) Cotton Revolution: Secondary Market (2 Days)
    • (N) Ran Away: the Fugitive Controversy (2 Days)
    • (O) Development of Abolition Movement (3 Days)
    • (P) Sectional Corners (2 Days)
    • (Q) African Americans in the Civil War (2 Days)
  • Unit 4: The Nadir 1865 to 1940 (3 Weeks)

    • (R) 40 Acres and A Mule: Freedmen (3 Days)
    • (S) The Impact of Federal Political Power (2 Days)
    • (T) The Impact of Black Economic Power (3 Days)
    • (U) A Murder of Sinister Jim Crows (6 Days)
    • (V) Derisive Popular Culture (2 Days)
  • Unit 5: Freedom Realized 1910 to 1975 (3 Weeks)

    • (W) The Great Migration (2 Days)
    • (X) New Voices: The Harlem Renaissance (3 Days)
    • (Y) African America During the Depression (2 Days)
    • (Z) 1950s-1960s: The Civil Rights Movement (6 Days)
    • (AA) Popular Culture: Good Times and Motown (2 Days)
    • (AB) Black Power: 1965-1972 (3 Days)
  • Unit 6: Current Issues 1975 to Contemporary (Ongoing)

    • (AC) Political Power: 1975-2008 (3 Days)
    • (AD) Urban Ghetto (3 Days)
    • (AE) Black Lives Matter (3 Days)

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

Malik Little

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