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HIS-2711-VO01 - ST in HIS: The African American Struggle for Equality

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Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Synonym: 205090

Location: Online - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-25-2021 to 08-16-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-14-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-12-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Juan-Joel Tovanche | View Faculty Credentials
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Course Description:

This course delves into the legacy of racism in the US, starting with the enslaved labor of African peoples from European colonization to present struggles for justice. Emphasis will be placed on post-Civil War America, including Reconstruction, "Jim Crow", the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Lives Matter. Through grappling with this challenging history, students will consider narratives of racial oppression and its impact and will envision new directions for the future.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify landmark events that have shaped African American experiences in the US from 1619 through the current era.
2. Trace the historical development of legal, economic, social, and ideological mechanisms supporting systemic discrimination based on “race.”
3. Outline examples of resistance and resilience within the African American community and their allies in the face of oppression.
4. Compare and contrast narratives of US history, including those that originate within the African American community and those propagated by dominant and privileged cultures.
5. Analyze the continuing effects of slavery and racism on African Americans today, particularly in US educational, legal, economic, healthcare, and criminal justice systems, etc.
6. Explain how cultural mythology rooted in white supremacy has shaped perceptions of race, stereotypes, social privilege, and interpretations of US history.
7. Discuss impacts of landmark events in African American history on other oppressed ethnic or minority groups in the US.
8. Explore past, present, and future US efforts to address social injustices and the legacy of racism.
9. Explore the root causes of barriers facing African Americans and other minority groups to break the glass ceiling in different fields such as employment and education.


The study of history involves extensive reading, as well as thoughtful analysis of events, actors, and human motivations. You will be exposed to a considerable amount of material that addresses profound issues of political, social, and economic importance. You will be expected to engage these ideas and to reflect on issues they raise.

The variety of course materials will provide you the ingredients necessary to recognize and discuss general themes, concepts, and conflicts associated with African American History. My hope is that you will use the materials to not only narrate historical phenomena but to construct arguments through use of evidence, interpretation, and inference.

Keep in mind that the primary purpose of this class is to develop intellectually. You may encounter disturbing materials or ideas, and you are expected to engage those encounters thoughtfully and civilly.

Students will be expected to complete a series of chapter tests and more comprehensive writing assignments.

NOTE: All materials (including the textbook) will be provided free of charge to students.

Evaluation Criteria:

The grading scheme is based purely on points. Therefore, you should be able to determine your own standing by adding up all your points and comparing the categories below.There are 1000 possible points in this course, and they are broken down as follows:

Assessment: Points:

Tests (1 – 12) 50 each (600 points for all 12)

Midterm Essay 200

Final Essay 200


1000 points total

You are expected to complete all assessments on time.

Grade Distribution:

I will not automatically “round up” your final grade.If you feel I have not properly recorded a particular grade, contact me right away to address the issue, and I would be happy to fix any mistakes. Do not wait to address such an issue.

A = 900 – 1000 points

B = 800 -- 899 points

C = 700 – 799 points

D = 600 – 699 points

F = fewer than 600 points


The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Juan-Joel Tovanche
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

Attendance Policy:

Attendance and success in class are closely related. Your attendance will be based solely on completion of assignments; that is, Discussion Boards (DBs), the chapter tests, and the essays.

I will diligently take attendance.If you receive a notice regarding absences, you should review the attendance policy. If you are concerned (and you should be), call me sothat we may discuss the issue in private. Live communication is most efficient with regard to such matters.

Be sure to carefully review CCV’s attendance policy:


Tentative Schedule

This course is being delivered at CCV for the first time. As such, I will continue to construct the course as the semester progresses. With that in mind, below is the tentative schedule. I doubt the first few weeks will change.

Week 1: Africa and the Beginnings of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Week 2: From "Societies with Slaves" to "Slave Societies"

Week 3: The Revolution

Weeks 4-12: TBD

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center.
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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