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African-American History ~ Introductory Lecture


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African-American History ~ Introductory Lecture

  1. 1. Introductory Lecture
  2. 2. Course Requirements <ul><li>Finish the assigned readings in a timely manner. </li></ul><ul><li>Attend all classes. (15% of the grade) Attendance taken via iClicker. </li></ul><ul><li>Participation. (20% of the final grade) </li></ul><ul><li>In-class Quizzes (10% of the final grade) </li></ul><ul><li>Book Discussions (15% of the final grade) </li></ul><ul><li>Take-home exam. (20% of the final grade) </li></ul><ul><li>Group research project. (20% of the final grade) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Books & Readings <ul><li>Required </li></ul><ul><li>Textbook 1 : Creating Black Americans </li></ul><ul><li>iClicker </li></ul><ul><li>Books for Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Philip Dray, Capitol Men </li></ul><ul><li>Robert William Fogel, Without Consent or Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Edmund Morgan, American Slavery, American Freedom </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Sugrue, Sweet Land of Liberty </li></ul><ul><li>Primary Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Handed Out Weekly in Class </li></ul><ul><li>On Blackboard ( Course Documents / Week X ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Other Resources <ul><li>Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Check Grades </li></ul><ul><li>Download Lectures </li></ul><ul><li>Download Primary Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Course Guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Watch Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to Audio </li></ul><ul><li>My Blog ( </li></ul><ul><li>Class-related announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Links to relevant web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki ( ) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Contact Me The best way to reach me is in class. You can ask me questions at the start of class or after class. By Email Email Address: [email_address] By Phone Office Phone: x4835 Office Hours May Hall 314 Office Hours: Friday, 10:30-12:15 & By Appointment
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  7. 7. What is “African-American?” <ul><li>African Americans share the following characteristics* : </li></ul><ul><li>A common language </li></ul><ul><li>A common ancestry </li></ul><ul><li>A common history </li></ul><ul><li>A common culture </li></ul><ul><li>A common skin color </li></ul><ul><li>* One or more answers could be correct. Choose one. </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ African-American?” Language: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Creole, African languages Ancestry: Share a common background as diasporal people, but hail from hundreds of different Western African peoples. History: Share a common background as a minority people in a white- majority culture. Common culture: Depends upon one’s definition of culture. Common skin color: “Black” people come in many shades of color.