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Tyina Leaneice Steptoe
AFRAM 150
Seattle Campus

Introduction to African-American History

Introductory survey of topics and problems in Afro-American history with some attention to Africa as well as to America. Basic introductory course for sequence of lecture courses and seminars in Afro-American history. Offered: jointly with HSTAA 150.

Class description

AFRAM/HSTAA 150 surveys the history of people of African descent in the United States in slavery and freedom. The first half focuses on the origins of the Atlantic Slave Trade, the spread of slavery in North America, and the lives of enslaved and free African Americans in the years leading up to the U.S. Civil War. The second half examines the meanings of freedom for African Americans during the eras of Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Power.

Student learning goals

Consider the relationship between race and hierarchy in the U.S. from a historical perspective.

Investigate the ways in which other social constructions, like gender and class, have influenced the meaning of race over time.

Understand the experiences of African Americans – and the development of racial ideology in the United States – as part of a broader African Diaspora.

Develop research skills by interrogating primary and secondary sources.

Hone your analytical skills by engaging in classroom discussions and writing essays that incorporate assigned readings and other relevant research materials.

General method of instruction

Students attend two lectures and one quiz section per week. Lectures also include examination of primary documents, discussions, music and occasional films.

Recommended preparation

This is an introductory survey course, so no previous background in the subject is necessary.

Class assignments and grading

Quizzes are a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions. The midterm and final exams will be take-home essays.

Students are graded on quizzes, a midterm and final exam, and participation in class discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Tyina Leaneice Steptoe
Date: 12/06/2009