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HIST222 - African-American History since 1877

Course Details

Course Code: HIST222 Course ID: 3049 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course surveys the economic, cultural, and political facets of the African American experience from 1877 to the present. Topics of African American history will be examined, such as Jim Crow laws, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Power. While the class is designed to proceed chronologically, themes such as military and diplomatic policies, migration and urbanization, black political thought, and popular culture will be emphasized.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Specifically, this course will require the student to:
• Effectively discuss African Americans and their experiences to better understand their impact on national history
• Analyze the role of racism and how it has shaped the lives of African Americans
• Explain the significance of African American philosophers and thinkers such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois, Ida B. Wells, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and others to the American historical narrative.
• Identify the role that African American women had in securing civil and gender rights
• Describe the impact of the Great Depression and New Deal on the lives of African Americans
• Analyze how African Americans were able to create cultural power and identify individuals that contributed to cultural production
• Recognize the various methods and philosophies used to campaign for advancements in civil rights by the African American community
• Understand the significance of past historical events on issues surrounding the African American community today
• Learn to critically read and think about classroom materials.
• Distinguish and critically evaluate primary and secondary historical sources
• 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

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.
Discussion Assignments: Throughout the course you will answer questions in the Discussions, respond to the postings of your classmates, and answer follow-up questions posted in the Discussions. Directions for the Discussion assignments are located in the Discussion area.
Written Assignments: During the course you will write two short papers, each at least three pages long plus a cover page and a reference page. An in-depth explanation of the exact expectations is located in the Assignment area of the class.
Written Assignment Follow-On Questions: After grading each of the two writing assignments you will be asked to complete a Discussion follow up for weeks 5 & 8. These Discussions will require a question to be answered 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.

E-Book Access:
The book for this course is now automatically loaded into each student’s virtual bookshelf upon enrollment. Students may access their textbooks using the following instructions:
Students have to go to their EdMap carts and validate their orders before they will get access to the e-book. There is not an automatic email that they receive, they have to take action. The cart validation process is explained here: There is a tutorial for the cart validation process and the vitalsource e-book process on this page as well as tech support and other contacts for help.
Any students having trouble accessing their materials can always contact
Required Readings:
Please check within announcements, assignments, forums and lessons for additional readings.
Lectures within Classroom
Additional Resources:
Films as listed inside the classroom:
Julian Bond: Reflections from the Frontline of the Civil Rights Movement
Directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley
(Alexandria, VA: Filmmakers Library, 2012), 33:49 mins
Civil Rights: Oh, Freedom!
Directed by Bill Buckley
(Westport, CT: Rediscovery Productions, 1970), 26:31 mins
Portrait in Black: A. Philip Randolph
Produced by Tracy Sugarman and Bill Buckley
(Westport, CT: Rediscovery Productions, 2011), 11:23 mins
The Color of Justice
Directed by Bill Buckley
(Westport, CT: Rediscovery Productions, 2011), 23:30 mins
Thurgood Marshall: Justice for All
Produced by Arden Ostrander and Eileen M. Lucas, ABC News Productions, in
(New York, NY: A&E Television Networks, 1997), 44:53 mins
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights
Produced by Bonnie Boswell
(New York, NY: Filmmakers Library, 2012), 58:38 mins
All Power to the People!
Directed by Lee Lew Lee; produced by Kristin Bell and Nico Panigutti
(New York, NY: Filmmakers Library, 2000), 58:01 mins
Two Dollars and a Dream
Directed by Stanley Nelson; produced by Stanley Nelson
(New York, NY: Filmmakers Library, 1989), 51:39 mins
Andrew Young
Directed by Bill Buckley
(Westport, CT: Rediscovery Productions, 2011), 28:23 mins
America in the 20th Century: The Civil Rights Movement
Produced by Bent Hannigan, in America in the 20th Century
(Chesterton, IN: Media Rich Communications, 2010), 1:24:12 mins
The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer: Never Turn Back
Directed by Bill Buckley; produced by Tracy Sugarman and Bill Buckley
(Westport, CT: Rediscovery Productions, 2011), 59:03 mins
The Roaring Twenties
Produced by Media Rich Communications, in America in the 20th Century, 5
(Chicago, IL: Media Rich Communications, 2004), 27:37 mins
The Ku Klux Klan
Directed by Jonathan Martin and Nicolas Wright; produced by Jonathan Martin and
Nicolas Wright, in International Terrorism since 1945, 16
(London, England: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 2008), 26:05 mins
FBI Agents
In What We Want, What We Believe
(Richmond, VT: Newsreel Films, 2006), 1:52:06 mins
Web Sites:
Great Resource Site: The Black Past: Remembered & Reclaimed
Also, if interested in other visual films to help comprehend this history go to:
HIST222 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:
APA style:
MLA Style:
Writing Help:

Book Title:To Make Our World Anew: Vol II: A History of African Americans Since 1880 - e-book available in the APUS Online Library and in the classroom
Publication Info:Oxford University Press Lib
Author:Kelley & Lewis
Unit Cost:$14.42
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.