HIS 357D • African Amer Hist since 1860
Assessments of the historic experience of African Americans from the Civil War and Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Era and the Second Reconstruction, i.e., the post Civil Rights Era from the 1970s through 2000, provide the focus of this course. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the political, economic, social and cultural activities of African Americans. The course begins with assessing the Black American experience during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In the immediate first post-Reconstruction, the Exodus of 1879 is considered along with the founding and building of Black Towns. Also emphasis placed on the legal and extralegal means, including violence, which led to the disfranchisement and segregation of Blacks, that is, the rise of Jim Crow, at the turn of the century. The ideologies of black leaders during that period, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells and Marcus Garvey are compared. Also, the Great Migration of the WWI era and the rise of the black urban ghetto provide the focus for examining the early twentieth century experience of Black Americans, including issues of slave reparations then and today.
The Harlem Renaissance and the conditions of blacks in the Great Depression and WWII to the 1954 Brown decision provide an introduction to the Black Freedom Movement in the 1960s. In this section of the course, lectures emphasize important events in both the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements. Also, assessments are made of the riots in the 1960s, ideologies of Black leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Stokley Carmichael, black organizations, CORE, SNCC, Black Panthers; the rise of elected black political leaders are examined; US Senators, Edward Brooke, Carol Moseley-Braun, Barack Obama, Congresswomen, e.g, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, MA Governor Deval Patrick, also, Secretary of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Also, impact of black leaders Rev..Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Minister Louis Farrakhan; and black business leaders, Bob Johnson (BET); Oprah Winfrey, Case Lawal. The course ends with commentaries on the retrenchment in affirmative action policies, late twentieth century black conservatism, the impact of multiculturalism on Black America, the development of African American Hip Hop youth culture and assessments on the impact of America's changing racial demographics on African Americans in the twenty-first century.
-- Midterm I 25% -- Midterm II 25% -- History Research Paper 25% -- Final Exam (Take Home) 25%
EXTRA CREDIT: Students can earn up to 15 points added to total final grade points. - CAAAS Lecture Report/s 5 points added to final grade average - Report on LBJ Museum Visit 5 points added to final grade average - Book Review 5 points added to final grade OPTIONAL: Select one of the following for a three-page book review: - Dyson, Michael Eric, Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind? - Hutchinson, Earl O., The Assassination of the Black Male Image - McWhorter, John H., Authentically Black: Essays for the Black Silent Majority - Parker, Gwendolyn M., Trespassing: My Sojourn in the Halls of Privilege - Obama, Barack, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance - Rhoden, William Forty Million Dollar Slaves: Rise, Fall, Redemption of Black Athlete - Robinson, Randall N., The Debt: White America Owes to Blacks - My Approved book of your choice
Franklin, John H. and Alfred Moss, From Slavery to Freedom, 8th ed, paper Franklin, John Hope and August Meier, Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century, paper George, Nelson, Hip Hop America Holt Thomas. and Barkley-Brown, E., Major Problems, African American History, vol.2 : Walker, Juliet E. K., History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepreneurship (Course Packet)