Enroll in African American Studies with Dolphin STEM Academy
Throughout US history, African Americans have faced great adversity in the form of
enslavement and institutional racism. They fought for their freedom and worked to right a broken
system, but their struggle continues today. This course studies the treatment of enslaved
Africans as they were brought to America, the prejudices African Americans have experienced,
and their important role in the social, political, and economic development of the United States.
By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:
Identify and describe the ancient civilizations of Africa.
Examine the trans-Atlantic slave trade, including the economic motives which brought it into
existence and the experiences of the enslaved.
Describe the culture of enslavement in different colonial regions.
List the laws defining enslavement and racism in the North American colonies.
Describe the role that African Americans have played in major events throughout American history.
Explain why a call for emancipation followed the American Revolution.
Describe the life and culture of enslaved African Americans and how it changed as time passed.
Describe the position of free African Americans in the North and the South.
Describe the operation of the Underground Railroad.
Assess why the Southern states seceded from the Union in 1861.
Summarize the political and social opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation.
Describe Reconstruction and explain the political and economic events of the era.
Examine the methods used to disenfranchise African American voters.
Identify African American accomplishments in business, politics, and society.
Identify the ways that the Harlem Renaissance explored the African American experience.
Analyze and evaluate the impact of the major civil rights legislation and court decisions.