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04107 African American History

Field of Study

Students will examine the role African Americans have played in American history. The activities and assignments in the course promote cultural awareness and critical thinking through the lenses of power, politics, economics, and geography. Students will trace the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of race relations in the United States.

Material Covered

In the African American History online modules, students will:

  • Identify and understand the African origins and developments of the Black experience in North America;
  • Evaluate how African Americans have shaped, have contributed, and have been shaped by the institutions, policies, and laws established by federal, state, and local governments;
  • Evaluate and interpret the various paths of civic responsibility that led to quests for equality, justice, and freedom for individuals and communities facing barriers and oppression based on race, class, and gender; and
  • Analyze and understand how the institution of slavery in the United States shaped beliefs about race and the supremacy of one race over another and influenced America’s economy and politics.

Student Expectations

Students will complete a variety of required readings and will participate in discussion boards and group projects. This course contains a mix of writing, analytical, and creative assignments. Students are expected to complete all coursework according to the schedule posted by the instructor. Students should plan on several hours per week of work outside of the regular school day. All students must complete a final exam at the end of the course.


  • Required: Enrollment in grades 9-12
  • Recommended: Completion of a middle school-level civics class

Course Texts and Materials

All course readings and materials are contained within the course.

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