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Undergraduate Course: African-American History: From Slavery to the White House (LLLE07005)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.

Looking at pivotal periods and events, this course will survey the experience of African Americans in 'the land of the free', from the arrival of the first Africans in 1619 to the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
Course description Content of course
1. 1619: The Arrival of Africans in the New World and Colonial Slavery
2. 1776: All Men Are Created Equal? African Americans and the American Revolution
3. 1841: Solomon Northup and Antebellum Slavery
4. 1863: The Emancipation Proclamation and African Americans during the Civil War
5. 1865: The Abolition of Slavery, and Reconstruction
6. 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson and Jim Crow
7. 1925: "The New Negro" and the Harlem Renaissance
8. 1954: Brown v. Board of Education, and Civil Rights
9. 1968: Olympic salute and Black Power
10. 2008: The election of Barack Obama and African Americans in the 21st century
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the development, nature and impact of slavery
  2. account for the changing status of African Americans in American society
  3. describe the evolution of civil rights protest
  4. explain the role of African Americans in shaping the history of America and the development of its culture
  5. understand the significance of key events in African-American history demonstrate the above points in the assessment.
Reading List
Franklin, J.H. 1980. From Slavery to Freedom: A History of Negro Americans. 5th edition. New York: Knopf.
Kolchin, P. 1994. American Slavery: 1619-1877. New York: Hill and Wang.
Berlin, I., 2003. Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves. Cambridge, Mass. and London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
Kelley, R.D.G and Lewis, E., (eds.), 2000. To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Meier, A., 1976. From Plantation to Ghetto, 3rd ed. New York: Hill and Wang.
Nash, G.B., 2006. The Forgotten Fifth: African Americans in the Age of Revolution. Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press.
Newman, M., 2004. The Civil Rights Movement. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Woodward, C.V., 1974. The Strange Career of Jim Crow. New York: Oxford University Press.
Web sources
Africans in America:
African Americans and the End of Slavery in Massachusetts:
Geography of Slavery in Virginia:
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers┐ Project:
Reconstruction: The Second Civil War:
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow:
┐With an Even Hand┐: Brown v. Board at Fifty:
Television News of the Civil Rights Era:
Voices of Civil Rights:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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