HIST 210 African American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present

This course will explore the history of people of African descent in the Americas, with an emphasis on experiences within the territory that became the United States. Students will gain an understanding of Africa before European contact, the forces that led to the growth of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, the variations of the institution of slavery within the North American colonies, and the factors that led to emancipation in the North, and eventually a war between the Northern and Southern states. The second half of the course will focus on the challenges faced by African Americans in the South and in the North, and the achievements secured, as they worked to gain full rights of citizenship including civil rights, as well as political and economic opportunities.



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