Dr. Debbie Sanders
email: dsanders@njcu.edu

African American History surveys some of the major themes in African American

History. The scope of the course will include the study of Africa, the ancestral

homeland of the African American population in the United States and the events that

shaped the experiences of African Americans in the Americas. We will examine the

slave trade as a major reason for the dispersal of Africans throughout the Americas and

the impact of the slave trade and slavery on the world. The course follows the struggle of

the African descendants from slavery, the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War, and

Emancipation to the events that shaped the destiny of African Americans in the 20th


Course Objectives:

1. To provide the students with an appreciation of the African heritage and its
relationship to African Americans.

2. To provide students with an overall picture of the role African people have played
in America and world civilization.

3. To enhance the student's knowledge of American history by emphasizing an
important aspect of American history that has traditionally been omitted.

4. To give the student an understanding of the culture, history, and contributions of
African people and the Diaspora.

5. To engage students in reading, writing, and media, activities to enhance academic

Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction
Video: Sankofa :Notes

From Africa to the Americas
Week 2:
Lecture: The Political-Economy of the Slave Trade

Power Point Lecture: Triangular Slave Trade

From Africa to the Americas
Week 3:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 1, 2 Frazier Chapter 1
Lecture Notes 1:Colonial and Revolutionary War and the African descendants

Slavery in the Americas: The House of Bondage
Week 4:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 3, Frazier 3

Lecture Notes 2: Race and the US Constitution

Video: Roots of Resistance: The Story of theUnderground Railroad Notes

The "Non-Slave Negro"
Week 5:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 4, Chapter 5 Quarles
Video: Massachusetts 54th Infantry
Lecture Notes 3: The Non-Slave African descendants in America

Lecture Notes 4: A New Birth of Freedom
Week 6: Mid-term Examination

The Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction
Week 7:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 6, Frazier Chapter 6

Week 8:

Reconstruction and World War I
Week 9:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 7, Frazier 7
Video: Men of Bronze

The Depression, Garveyism, and World War II
Week 10:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 8, Frazier Chapter 8
Video: Marcus Garvey

The Depression, Garveyism and World War II
Week 11:
Assignment Quarles Chapter 9, Frazier Chapter 9

The Civil Rights Movement
Week 12:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 10, Frazier 10
Video: Eyes on the Prize Part 1, 2

The Civil Rights Movement
Week 13:
Assignment: Quarles Chapter 11
Video: Eyes on the Prize Part 3,4

The Civil Rights Movement
Week 14:
Video:Eyes on the Prize Part 5, 6

Week 15:
Final Discussion and review

Week 16: Final Examination


1. Required Texts:
Benjamin Quarles The Negro in the Making of America (NY: Simon and
Schuster, 1996)
Thomas Frazier. Afro-American History: Primary Sources (NY, Dorsey Books,

2. Class Attendance and Participation

3. Oral report: Each student will give at least one oral report. The oral report will be on a chapter or section of the chapter of one of the text books. Please use the guide for
oral reporting to aid your preparations..

4. Mid-term and Final Examination. The examination will be a combination of
identification of terms and essay questions.

5. Book Review: Each student will submit a book review of a selected text on African
American History. The review should be at least five pages long and include an
introduction and conclusion. The review should be at least 50% summary of the book
and 50% your analysis of the book. Paper is due typed-doubled spaced and in good
format .

A Note on Writing Assignment:
Summarization of a book requires student to recognize inferences, basic
assumptions, organize and synthesize information. The book review requires that
50 % of the review be an analysis. Analysis is the drawing of conclusions from
the book as well as information and discussion provided in class lectures and

Please Note: Papers will not be accepted late. They are due at the beginning of the class period. No paper will be accepted by fax or email.

Grade is based upon the average of the following:
100 Mid Term Examination
50 Oral Report
50 Class Participation
100 Book Review
100 Final Examination

400 Total