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School of Arts and Humanities Course Number: HIST221 Course Name: African-American History before 1877 Credit Hours: 3 Length of Course: 8-Weeks Prerequisite: None
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Course Description Grading Scale
Course Scope Course Outline
Course Objectives Policies
Course Delivery Method Academic Services
Course Materials Selected Bibliography
Instructor Information

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Course Description (Catalog)

This course examines the complex and varied experiences of African Americans from slavery to 1877. Topics include West African roots, the middle passage, American slavery and resistance, the development of racism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The course will examine internal and external factors that shaped the black historical experience economically, culturally, and politically. While the class is designed to proceed chronologically, important themes such as the development of racism, abolitionist thought, the slave community, and the impact of free blacks will be emphasized.

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Course Scope

This course focuses on the African-American population from the start of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through the American Civil War and era of Reconstruction. We will examine primary and secondary documents in an effort to understand the political, social, and economic issues that affected African-American during this period. We will focus on issues of race, slavery, resistance, culture, community, economics, and politics. The course is designed to help students understand how these themes and ideas influenced the African-American experience and culture in the United States, as well as lay the framework for the civil rights movements of the modern era.

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Course Objectives

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

· Effectively discuss African-Americans’ experiences in order to better understand their impact on national history

· Explain the foundations of slavery and how slavery developed in the New World from a less severe form of servitude into a permanent slave class based solely upon race

· Describe African-American history from the slave trade to the Reconstruction Era

· Identify the impact of race during the American Revolution and the Writing of the Declaration of Independence.

· Analyze and interpret historical issues as they relate to African-American history and conduct university-level research on the subject that is communicated effectively in writing

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Course Delivery Method

This course delivered via distance learning will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student. Online assignments are due by Sunday evening of the week as noted and include Forum questions (accomplished in groups through a threaded forum), examination, and individual assignments submitted for review by the Faculty Member).

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Course Materials

Required Course Textbooks

Darlene Clark Hine, William C. Hine, Stanley C Harrold The African-American Odyssey, Volume 1, 6th Edition-The VitalSource e-book will be provided via the ED MAP bookstore

E-book: Darlene Hine, William Hine, and Stanley Harrold. The African-American Odyssey: Volume I, 6th ed. New Jersey: Pearson 2014.

Required Readings:

Please check within announcements, assignments, forums and lessons for additional readings.

Lecturettes within Classroom

Additional Resources:

Films as listed inside the classroom

Aftershock: Beyond The Civil War

directed by David W. Padrusch; produced by David W. Padrusch

(New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 2006), 1:29:37 mins

Blacks in the American Revolutionary War

produced by Jean M. Brannon

(Folkways Records, 1974), 26:01 mins

Dark Passages

(Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1995), 49:55 mins

For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots

Directed by Martin, Frank, (Agoura Hills, CA: Eleventh Day Entertainment, Inc, 2014), Episodes 1 and 2.

Freedom’s Road: Slavery & The Opposition

directed by Donna Lusitana; produced by Martin Gillam, in Civil War Journal

(New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 1995), 47:26 mins

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property

directed by Charles Burnett; produced by Frank Christopher

(San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel, 2002), 57:32 mins

Psychological Residuals of Slavery

written by Kenneth V. Hardy; presented by Kenneth V. Hardy

(San Francisco, CA: Psychotherapy.net, 2008), 17:56 mins

Shackles of Memory: The Atlantic Slave Trade

directed by Michel Moreau and Jean-Marc Masseaut

(New York, NY: Filmakers Library, 1996), 55:20 mins

Underground Railroad

directed by Craig Haffner; produced by Scott Paddor

(New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 2002), 2:15:25 mins

Web Sites:

Great resource site: Digital Library of American Slavery

Also if interested in other visual films to help comprehend this history go to: 

HIST221 Play list for further videos and material

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Required formats for citations and bibliography follows your major’s required format.

Please see below the website of each style for further explanation.

Chicago Style: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

APA style: http://www.apastyle.org/

MLA Style: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Also remember that Noodle tools has the Noodle bib express which showcases all three styles and has a fill in page that creates your citation and bibliography reference for you.


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Evaluation Procedures

Reading Assignments: This course relies mainly on the assigned text, lectures, and supplemental readings. Links to these readings are located in the weekly lesson section of the course.

Forum Assignments: Throughout the course you will answer questions in the Forums, respond to the postings of you classmates, and answer follow-up questions that I will post in the Forum. Directions for the Forum assignments are located within the classroom in the Forum area.

Written Assignments: During the course you will write two short papers, each at least three pages long plus a cover page and a bibliography page. An in-depth explanation of the exact expectations are located in the Assignment area of the class.

Week Topic Learning Objectives Readings Assignment
1 IntroductionsMiddle PassageAtlantic Slave TradeOlaudah Equiano – Get to know everyone!- Discuss the arrival ofEuropeans in Africa-Identify what was the Middle Passage-Discuss the ending of the Atlantic Slave Trade The African-American Odyssey”For this week— please read and take notes on Chapters 1 and 2Watch the following films for this week:Shackles of Memory:  The Atlantic Slave TradeDark Passages Forum #1-Initial post due by Friday and 4 peer responses by Sunday
2 Indentured Servitude vs. SlaveryPlantation slaveryThe Great Awakening – Identify and describe who were the people of colonial North America- Discuss how African Americans resisted slavery-Identify how black servitude began The African-American Odyssey”For this week– please read and take notes on Chapter 3Watch the video for this week: Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property Forum #2 –Initial Post by Friday, 3 peer responses by Sunday
3 Declaration of IndependenceThe EnlightenmentAmerican Revolution – Identify African-Americans involved in the war for Independence-Discuss the meaning of the Declaration of Independence-Discuss the impact of the American Revolution on Slavery The African-American Odyssey”For this week— please read and take notes on Chapters 4 and 5Listen the Audio Lecture on Blacks on the American RevolutionAudio Lectures: Blacks in the American RevolutionWatch the documentary:Watch episode 1 of For the Love of Liberty Forum #3-Initial Post by Friday, 3 peer responses by Sunday and a follow up answer due by SundayForum #2 Follow-Up answer due by SundayWritten Assignment #1 due Sunday
4 Expansion of SlaveryHouse servants vs. skilled slavesDomestic Slave TradeReligion Identify the differences between house servants & skilled slaves-Identify what was the domestic slave trade-Discuss the expansion of slavery in the Cotton Kingdom The African-American Odyssey”For this week— please read and take notes on Chapter 6 Forum #4-Initial Post by Friday, 3 peer responses by SundayForum #3 Follow up due Sunday
5 AbolitionismColonizationThe Baltimore AllianceWalker’s Appeal – Identify how abolitionism began-Discuss Walker’s Appeal-Discuss the goals of the American Colonization Society The African-American Odyssey”For this week— please read and take notes on Chapters 7, 8  and 9Please watch the video:Underground Railroad Forum #5-Initial Post by Friday, 3 peer responses by SundayForum #4 Follow-Up due SundayWritten Assignment #1 Follow-Up  due Sunday
6 Emancipation ProclamationBlack Soldiers -Identify the need for the Emancipation Proclamation-Discuss African-Americans affect on the Civil War The African-American Odyssey”For this week— please read and take notes on Chapters 10 and 11Watch the following films for this week:Freedom’s Road: Slavery & The OppositionWatch episode 2 of For the Love of Liberty Forum #6-Initial Post by Friday, 3 peer responses by SundayForum #5 Follow-Up due SundayWritten Assignment #2 due Sunday
7 Ending of SlaveryFreedmans’ BureauThe Fourteenth AmendmentKu Klux KlanFifteenth AmendmentReconstruction -Identify the Freedman’s Bureau-Discuss the purpose of the 14th & 15th Amendments-Discuss the Ku Klux Klan & their purpose The African-American Odyssey”For this week— please read and take notes on Chapters 12 and 13Watch the video for this week: Aftershock: Beyond The Civil War Forum #7-Initial Post by Friday, 3 peer responses by SundayForum #6 Follow-Up due by Sunday
8 Final Exam 1. Demonstrate understanding of the events, circumstances, causes, and effects of the significant events of African-American to 1877 through thorough reflections and synthesis of course material.  As Required for Completion of Final Exam Forum #8-Initial post due by Friday and 4 peer responses due by Sunday..Forum #7 Follow-Up due SundayWritten Assignment #2 Follow-Up due SundayFinal Exam due by Sunday

Written Assignment Follow-On Forums: After grading each of the two writing assignments, the students will be asked to complete a forum follow up for week 5 and 8. These forums will require a question or paper post and peer responses.

Exams: There is an open book final exam, non-proctored, that will be available for you to complete during Week Eight.

Grade Instruments Points
Weekly Forums (Weeks 1 through 8: See gradebook with the class for exact breakdown of points.) 41
Written Assignment 1 15
Written Assignment 2 15
Written Assignment 1 Follow-Up Question 2
Written Assignment 2 Follow-Up Question 2
Final Exam 25
Total 100

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8 – Week Course Outline

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

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Please see the Student Handbook to reference all University policies. Quick links to frequently asked question about policies are listed below.

Drop/Withdrawal Policy

Plagiarism Policy

Extension Process and Policy

Disability Accommodations

Late Assignments: Students are expected to submit classroom assignments by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults, students, and working professionals, I understand you must manage competing demands on your time. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment, please contact me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution? Routine submission of late assignments is unacceptable and may result in points deducted from your final course grade.

Netiquette: Online universities promote the advancement of knowledge through positive and constructive debate – both inside and outside the classroom. Forums on the Internet, however, can occasionally degenerate into needless insults and “flaming.” Such activity and the loss of good manners are not acceptable in a university setting – basic academic rules of good behavior and proper “Netiquette” must persist. Remember that you are in a place for the rewards and excitement of learning which does not include descent to personal attacks or student attempts to stifle the Forum of others.

· Technology Limitations: While you should feel free to explore the full-range of creative composition in your formal papers, keep e-mail layouts simple. The Sakai classroom may not fully support MIME or HTML encoded messages, which means that bold face, italics, underlining, and a variety of color-coding or other visual effects will not translate in your e-mail messages.

· Humor Note: Despite the best of intentions, jokes and especially satire can easily get lost or taken seriously. If you feel the need for humor, you may wish to add “emoticons” to help alert your readers: ;-), : ), (

Disclaimer Statement: Course content may vary from the outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

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Online Library

The Online Library is available to enrolled students and faculty from inside the electronic campus. This is your starting point for access to online books, subscription periodicals, and Web resources that are designed to support your classes and generally not available through search engines on the open Web. In addition, the Online Library provides access to special learning resources, which the University has contracted to assist with your studies. Questions can be directed to librarian@apus.edu .

· Charles Town Library and Inter Library Loan: The University maintains a special library with a limited number of supporting volumes, collection of our professors’ publication, and services to search and borrow research books and articles from other libraries.

· Electronic Books: You can use the online library to uncover and download over 50,000 titles, which have been scanned and made available in electronic format.

· Electronic Journals: The University provides access to over 12,000 journals, which are available in electronic form and only through limited subscription services.

· Tutor.com: AMU and APU Civilian & Coast Guard students are eligible for 10 free hours of tutoring provided by APUS. Tutor.com connects you with a professional tutor online 24/7 to provide help with assignments, studying, test prep, resume writing, and more. Tutor.com is tutoring the way it was meant to be. You get expert tutoring whenever you need help, and you work one-to-one with your tutor in your online classroom on your specific problem until it is done.

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Faculty may require assignments be submitted to Turnitin.com. Turnitin.com will analyze a paper and report instances of potential plagiarism for the student to edit before submitting it for a grade. In some cases professors may require students to use Turnitin.com. Typically the course professor will establish a Turnitin.com access through the Assignment area when the student submits a paper. Also the professors will use Turnitin.com to routinely check for potential plagiarism in forum postings, written assignments, and the final exam.

Selected Bibliography

The selected bibliography for this course is located in the Course Guide within the APUS Online Library.

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