Syllabus African-American Social and Intellectual History

Course:   African-Social and Intellectual History
Teacher:   Dr. Abel A. Bartley
Semester:   Fall 1999                                              Class Time:  MWF  1:10-2:00

TEXTBOOKS: John H. Franklin and August Meier, Black leaders of the Twentieth Century. Leon Litwack and August Meier, Black Leaders of the Nineteenth Century. V.P. Franklin, Living Our Stories, Tlling our Truths, E.F. Frazier The Nrgro Church in America/ C. Eric Lincoln The Black Church Since Franklin, David Levering Lewis, When Harlem was in Vogue.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course looks at African American History from the Revolutionary period through the present from an intellectual and social perspective. It provides students with an opportunity to analyze the historical concerns, interest, and problems confronting African Americans and how their leaders developed solutions for them. It looks at African Americans as thinkers and problem solvers who helped mold intellectual thought in America. This course will also analyze the impact Blacks have had on shaping the nature and direction of American life and culture.
    This class is invaluable for anyone who wishes to understand American History. No other group has had a more profound impact on shaping America than Blacks. The pressence of Africans in America has drastically changed the meaning of American democracy and freedom. We will look at the African American community stressing heritage and history, institutions and thoughts, while discussing their search and struggle for equality, freedom, justice, human rights, and identity in the United States.


TEST: There will be two exams, one midterm and final. These exams will consist of essays and ids which thoroughly cover both the readings and the lectures. Make-up exams will only be given to students who have given prior notice or who can document an emergency. No student will be allowed to make up the final exam.

GRADING: First Exam 30% SCALE:  A = 90 - 100
   Second Exam 30%  B = 80 - 89
   Paper 20%  C = 70 - 79
   Discussion 5%  D = 60 - 69
   Readings and Assignments 15% F = below 60

FINAL EXAM: The Final Exam must be taken by all students at the appointed time. Any student who misses the final must make it up before grades are turned in if they do not want an “F” for this course.

PAPERS AND ASSIGNMENTS: In addition to the two exams there will also be a  writing assignment. This assignment will consist of a typed, double spaced ten page analysis of one of the subjects we cover during this course. It can cover any topic dealing with African American History. The paper must have either footnotes or endnotes, a bibliography, and a cover papge. It is due November 22, 1999. Each week you will be assigned a short reading assignment. You must read the assignment and provide me with a one page reaction to each reading. This will determine your discussion, readings and assignments grade.
Objectives, Readings, Course Outline, and Exam Dates:
Objectives: (1)Gain a good basic background for further study in African American History. (2)Understand the forces which created African America culture and thought. (3) Trace the development of the African America institutions. (4) Understand the impact of slavery on African Americans. (5) Follow the path which led from slavery to individualism to second class citizenship. (6) Discuss the impact of African American philosophers and intellectuals on American thought. (7) Define the relationship between African Americans and American culture (8) Understand the process by which African Americans shifted from second class citizens to leaders in the US

Subject and Reading Schedule:
Jordan entire book, Litwack and Meier entire book

   Introduction to African American History
    a. African Americans in the Early Republic
    b. Lifestyles of African American: religious, cultural,         political, social
    c. Transplanted culture

   The African American Community
    a. Black Families
    b. Black Organizations
    c. Black Religion & Education

   Challenges to Slavery
    a. The Black Press
    b. Black Abolitionists, Black Resistance, Civil War
    c. White Defenses of Slavery

   Emancipation and Reconstruction
    a. Hope and disappointment
    b. Black leaders of the period
    c. White domination continues

Exam I Wednesday October 20, 1999
Wynthrop Jordan’s entire book, Franklin and Meier entire book, Hayes pp. 1-7, 213-255

   Accommodate vs. Integrate
    a. Booker T. Washington and his legacy(industrial education)
    b. W.E.B. Dubois Talented Tenth (Liberal Arts Education)
    c. Economics independence vs. Social equality

   Institution Building
    a. Black Church
    b. NAACP
    c. Urban League

   Blacks as Soldiers
    a. Revolutionary War
    b. Civil War
    c. Spanish American War

   Black Self Help projects
    a. Negro Business League
    b. Insurance Companies
    c. Other Black businesses

Paper Due November 22, 1999

   Blacks Move North
    a. Black Migration
    b. A New Black Nationalism
    c. The New Negro, Marcus Garvey, Pan-Africanism, Harlem Ren.
   Black Nation Building
    a. Civil Rights
    b. Politics
    c. Cultural Self Expression

Hayes selected, Franklin Meier Entire book
Final Exam Tuesday, December 14, 1999, 2:00-3:55

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