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Black History Course

Black History Course For Your Students

This is a free sample of our brand new course material. Your students will be able to work through courses on specific history topics, track their progress, take quizzes to test their knowledge, and finish with a final assessment test.

Take the complimentary free sample course below.

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Course Overview

This is a free sample course

Black history is a part of American history, which takes a look at the journey of African Americans in the United States. In the early 16th century, Africans assisted Spanish and Portuguese navigators in exploring the Americas. By the 17th century, the continuous history of Africans in the United States started in Jamestown, Virginia. Enslaved Africans worked in plantations and households for more than two centuries.

Decades before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, post-colonial America faced tension over the issues of slavery intertwined with territorial expansion and state’s rights. Historians argue that the institution of slavery was the main reason behind one of the bloodiest wars in American history.

Following the turbulent years of the American Civil War, the United States underwent the Reconstruction Era between 1865 and 1877. During this period, the American federal government sought to reintegrate former Confederate states to the Union. Under the presidency of Andrew Johnson, Reconstruction Amendments were passed to recognise African American communities and rights. However, Southern states were able to pass local statutes which neglect the amendments.

In the 1950s, African Americans formed the civil rights movement to fight for their equal rights under the US Constitution. Despite the existence of Reconstruction Amendments, black communities continued to endure racial segregation and discrimination in America, especially in Southern states. The increase in civil rights activities during the post-World War era led to the gradual removal of Jim Crow Laws.

The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States in 2008 took African-American history to the next level. The majority are largely descendants of enslaved Africans and they have become one of largest of many ethnic minority groups in the United States. When their ancestors arrived in the New World, no rights were granted until they reached an era of activism.

Today, African-American or Black history is celebrated in the United States every February. This month honours the struggles and achievements of African Americans throughout US history. Pivotal events include slave rebellions, emancipation, the Great Migration, and the civil rights movement. Moreover, it also highlights African-American contributions in politics, art and culture.

This self-guided course is designed for you to work through on your own using the resources and suggested learning activities provided.

Over the six lessons in the course, you'll learn about the origins of African History in America, slavery and the American Civil War, African Americans during the Reconstruction Era, era of the Civil Rights Movement, influential African Americans & Black Lives Matter Movement.

Part 1: Origins of African History in America

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, trace the origins of Africans in the United States, understand the nature of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and analyse the growth of African American population in the United States before 1860.

Part 1 Quiz: Origins of African history in America

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the origins of African history in America.

Part 2: Slavery and the American Civil War, 1808-1863

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the concepts of slavery, westward expansion and state’s rights, analyse some of the key events between 1808 and 1863 & assess the flight of enslaved Africans in the United States after the abolition of the slave trade and before the end of the Civil War.

Part 2 Quiz: Slavery and the American Civil War, 1808-1863

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the slavery and the American Civil War, 1808-1863.

Part 3: African Americans during the Reconstruction Era

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the background and nature of slavery in southern states, analyse the journey of former slaves during the Reconstruction Era & evaluate the impact of Jim Crow Laws.

Part 3 Quiz: African Americans during the Reconstruction Era

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the history of African Americans during the Reconstruction Era.

Part 4: Era of the Civil Rights Movement

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, understand the nature and cause of the Civil Rights Movement, analyse some of the key events during the civil rights movement era & evaluate how legislations changed the course of African American history.

Part 4 Quiz: Era of the Civil Rights Movement

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the era of the Civil Rights Movement.

Part 5: Influential African Americans

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, analyse the evolution of names and labels towards the African American population, be familiar with influential figures in African-American history & evaluate how these figures contributed to African-American history.

Part 5 Quiz: Influential African Americans

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the Influential African Americans lesson.

Part 6: The 21st century: Black Lives Matter Movement

In this lesson, we'll define key terms, be familiar with 21st-century African-American achievements in the United States, understand the rationale behind the Black Lives Matter movement & analyse how the BLM protests spread in the United States and other parts of the world.

Part 6 Quiz: The 21st century: Black Lives Matter Movement

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the 21st century & Black Lives Matter Movement.

Black History Course Assessment

Take this quiz to make sure you understand the Black History.