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HIS 203 - African American History 1

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course provides an introduction to African American History, beginning with a study of prehistoric Africa through the transatlantic slave trade to 1865. Prominent themes include the colonization of Africa by invading European powers, the development and destruction of early African civilizations, the development of slavery as a “normal” institution throughout the Western Hemisphere, the role and contributions of African Americans to the growth and development of the United States and the causes and consequences of the American Civil War for African Americans.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Discuss ancient African civilizations and their contributions to the world.
  2. Explain early interactions between the once equal African and European civilizations.
  3. Detail African universities and their world importance.
  4. Discuss slavery systems, old world and new.
  5. Investigate world events that led to the enslavement of Africa.
  6. Enumerate African contributions to the world.
  7. Discuss aspects of the Atlantic slave trade.
  8. Explain how the profits of slavery enriched many nations but not Africa.
  9. Analyze the development of Western racism.
  10. Detail how Native Americans were robbed of their land and slaughtered by Europeans.
  11. Summarize the true nature of the establishment of so-called “New World” countries.
  12. Articulate how non-European people helped America to develop.
Listed Topics
  1. Africa and the beginning of humankind and early civilizations
  2. How African nations became the richest and most powerful before European conquest
  3. Traditional African society and cultures       
  4. The “discovery” of America and the negative impact on Africa
  5. African contributions to world civilization
  6. Slave systems, New World and old
  7. The development of the Atlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa
  8. The destruction and conquest of Africa
  9. How the slave trade enriched many European countries
  10. The development of Western racism
  11. The myths of the settlement of the so-called New World and America
  12. The truth of Black participation in all American wars, including the U.S. Civil War
Reference Materials
Textbook/materials as required by instructor.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/14/2021

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