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African American Studies

Scope and Sequence

Part 1: To 1865

African American Studies to 1865 examines how Africans were brought to the Americas and developed a distinct culture amid the horrors of slavery, all the while yearning for freedom that would come with the Civil War in 1865.

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Topics of Study

  • Context: Atlantic World
  • Colonial America
  • Freedom Yearning
  • Antebellum Revival

Topics of Study

  • Civil War / Reconstruction
  • The Nadir
  • Renaissance
  • Depression and War
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Contemporary Black Culture

Part 2: 1865-Present Day

African American Studies from 1865 is an elective course that gives a broad survey of the historical and current situation of African Americans in the US through a documentary focus; examines what it means to be Black in America today using history, biography, photographic artifacts and the arts, including music, literature and drama.

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