Room# and time: NAC (Native American Center) 105, 11:10-12:00, MWF
Instructor: Dr. George R. Price
Office Hours and Location: MWF, 10:15-10:45, 1:00-1:45, 3:30-5:00, no appointment necessary, or other days and times byappointmentonly, in NAC (Native American Center) 203E
c. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone: 243-2302
White, Deborah Gray, Mia Bay, and Waldo E. Martin Jr., Freedom on My Mind: A
History of African Americans, with Documents, vol. 1, Boston and New York,
Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013
Wright, Donald R., African Americans in the Colonial Era: From African Origins
through the American Revolution, Wheeling, Ill., Harlan Davidson, Inc., 2000.
(referred to as “v1” in the lecture calendar)
Wright, Donald R., African Americans in the Early Republic, 1789-1831, Wheeling, Ill., Harlan Davidson, Inc., 1993. (referred to as “v2” in the lecture calendar)
A Frederick Douglass Reader, compiled excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ two most
(see below) and also a paper copy will be available for checkout at the Mansfield
Library reserve desk.
Some short articles will be added to our readings during the course of the semester, either as paper handouts given in class, or posted electronically on our Moodle webpage. Connect through your UM Online account. Important announcements, some articles (including some required readings), power point slides from the lectures, exam grades, web links and other information will be put on this page throughout the semester. There is also a discussion board where you can raise questions and get feedback from the instructor and your fellow students. It is recommended that students check the Moodle page at least once a day.
This course is a survey of the diverse historical experiences of Americans of African descent in the United States, from their origins in Africa until the end of the Civil War. Our focus will be on the quest of enslaved African Americans for freedom and dignity and the quest of free African Americans for equal opportunity and inclusion in American society, as they struggled against racism and oppression.
To familiarize students with the historical facts and circumstances that transformed diverse peoples of Africa into African Americans in the United States.
To enable students to explore the reasons behind the formation of the institution of American slavery and racist concepts regarding humanity.
To assist students in forming their own assessments and analyses regarding the logic, validity, and usefulness of popularly-held ideas about the nature of humanity.
To help students to think independently and move beyond the limitations of customary popular concepts.
To familiarize students with the facts concerning the history of African American resistance to slavery racism and other social injustices.
To increase student awareness of the significant African-American influences upon, and contributions to, the development of American society.
To provide a more complete context for understanding many of America’s current social problems.
To familiarize students with some of the bibliographical and other sources of knowledge that are available for further study of the various topics that we will cover.
To improve students’ research and writing skills.
To provide students with opportunities for discussion and inquiry related to our topics.
I use a precise, numerical, percentage point grading system. No letter grades are assigned until after the final exam and all of the points are added up. Student grades will be based on the combined scores of the writing assignments, in-class participation, the midterm exam, and the final exam. The grades will be weighted as follows:
21% for the short essays 92-100 = A 72-77.5 = C
27% for the research paper 90-91.5 = A- 70-71.5 = C-
20% for the midterm exam 88-89.5 = B+ 68-69.5 = D+
22% for the final exam 82-87.5 = B 62-67.5 = D
10% for attendance and participation 80-81.5 = B- 60-61.5 = D-
78-79.5 = C+ below 60 = F
(The details for the writing assignment will be given separately from this syllabus.)
Extra credit opportunity: Two extra points for making a five minute presentation to the class regarding your research and/or writing experiences related to our topics.
Special arrangements for taking the exams at other than the designated times must be made in advance and approved by the instructor. Only very dire, unavoidable circumstances will be considered.
The University of Montana assures equal access to instruction through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students. If you think you may have a disability adversely affecting your academic performance, and you have not already registered with Disability Services, please contact Disability Services in Lommasson Center 154 or call 406.243.2243. I will work with you and Disability Services to provide an appropriate modification.
All students are individually responsible for acquiring information made available through lectures, reading assignments, and materials handed out in class. Attendance and participation make up 10% of your grade (see "Grading Criteria" section above). Verified excused absences will receive half-credit.
Disrespectful behavior, such as talking to others during a lecture or while another student is addressing the class, or playing with electronic devices during class, will result in loss of attendance and participation credit for that day.
The lectures will be recorded and available on YouTube, accessible from the UM One Stop webpage. Therefore, on days when you don’t feel like sitting quietly and listening courteously to a lecture and/or participating in stimulating discussions, PLEASE, out of respect for everybody else, DON’T GO TO CLASS!
Plagiarism is the misrepresentation of another person’s writing as one’s own. Plagiarism is a violation of the University of Montana Code of Student Conduct, and the professor can give a student who plagiarizes an assigned paper a failing grade for the course. The UM leaves it up to each professor to decide if such action is appropriate. I choose to give a failing grade (no credit) for the particular assignment that was plagiarized, and no opportunity to re-do the assignment. That could lead to a failing grade for the course, but not necessarily, depending on how the student does with the rest of the graded items for the course. We professors are aware that there are a growing number of internet websites that sell “research papers” to students who are susceptible to that kind of scam. But there are also several websites that we can use to detect such papers and find their point of origin. Using such internet aids (and by other means), I have caught several students over the years who turned in plagiarized works, and it is never a pleasant situation for either of us. Consider yourselves to be kindly forewarned.
Exams will be monitored and students must work individually. Talking to other students during the exam, copying another student’s paper, or other forms of cheating, will result in an “F” grade for that exam.
COURSE OUTLINE/ CLASS CALENDAR(may be subject to minor revisions, TBA)
Student extra credit presentations can be made any day this week-
inform Professor Price in advance if and when you want to present.
“ 9 Did the Civil War end slavery? Impact of the Civil War and the
13th Amendment on African Americans
“ 11 closing discussion, Review for Final (Q and A);
“ 11 Last day to turn in late essays or research paper (no papers will be
accepted during Finals Week) Last student presentations
" 17Final Exam, Thursday, December 17th, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
If you know in advance that you will not be able to take the exam at this time, please make arrangements with the professor in advance to take the exam at another time during Finals Week. UM policy is that final exams can only be taken during Finals Week.