African American History Before 1877

Welcome to African-American History before 1877

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.


 Your final discussion is to prepare a letter to the editor of your local newspaper that would explain to all of America why African American History should be taught in American schools.


Explain why every American should known this history and propose how knowing specific parts of this history could help mend race relations in the United States.

You will be expected to use specific facts, events and people from the class content, text book, lessons, lectures, discussions and videos to show how knowing this history can explain the trauma that has affected so many Americans.

These facts, events, and people must come from your required work this term and from research in the library or from the course bibliography.

In your letter, demonstrate the breadth of knowledge you have gained from this work.

If you wish, you can add to the letter some ways to heal our nation.

What steps can we use to end racism and division among communities and cultures.

First Read this latest article before answering week 8’s Final Discussion: 

From Juneteenth to the Tulsa massacre: What isn’t taught in classrooms has a profound impact

Educators said the history of systemic racism in this country and the contributions of Black people have been erased.

Check out the article on the latest news on efforts to erase Black history from schools :

You must reference using one of the three formats and following your major’s designated style: MLA, APA, CS, Kate L. Turabian’s Manual, and the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS).  YOU MUST CITE YOUR SOURCES! (See syllabus for links to the Style websites to learn how to cite and references)

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