Enroll Now in “The African American Experience” this June!

Learn African American history this summer in the June session at TCU!  This five-week course is a comprehensive survey of African Americans in the United States from 1619 to 2012, including the slave trade, slavery and resistance, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the age of Jim Crow, the Great Migration, black radicalism, the long struggle for civil rights and freedom, and the status of African Americans today.  Students will learn history by doing it hands-on through a series of lab experiments using original primary sources.  CA or HT credit.AFAM flyer image

We will read three (inexpensive) books: The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations by Ira Berlin, We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama by Stephen Tuck, and Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement by Hon. John Lewis.

Assignments include:

  • Periodic quizzes on the reading
  • Four “History Lab Reports” in which students do “experiments” using sets of original historical sources – the Atlantic Slave Trade Database, the Freedom Papers Project (on emancipation and Reconstruction), oral history interviews from Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South (on iTunes U), and the papers of the most important civil rights movement organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
  • A final presentation
  • No tests and no final exam!

Grades will be based on these assignments as well as attendance, effort, and class participation.

About the instructor: Dr. Max Krochmal teaches and does research on African American history, U.S. Latino/a history, labor, and comparative social movements and ethnic studies.  A former labor and community organizer, he earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, where he studied with the leading civil rights historians in America.  He is the faculty leader of the TCU Civil Rights Bus Tour and a passionate advocate for social justice in the community.  He is working on a book about the history of black/brown/white coalition-building and the multiracial civil rights movement in Texas.  For more information, visit his website, professormax.org/.

Questions?  Email Dr. Max at m.krochmal@tcu.edu or call 919-564-9129

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