HIST 4213 Afro-American History 1492 – 1865

Fall 2017

Instructor: Dr. James Thomas Jones III
Section # and CRN: P01 11245
Office Location: George R. Woolfolk Building Room #320
Office Phone:  936-261-3204
Email Address: JTJones@pvamu.edu
Office Hours: M & W 8:00 – 11:00
Mode of Instruction: Face to Face
Course Location: George R. Woolfolk Building #204
Class Days & Times: TR 2:00 – 3:20
Catalog Description: The course examines the pre-Reconstruction African-American experience in the United States.  Lectures, films, and presentations will follow a chronological time line that highlights several prominent thematic strains of thought.  Students should be prepared to examine major issues and historical events such as: enslavement, development of slave culture, formation of free communities, rise of abolitionism, and existence in the post-emancipation period for African-Americans.  Special emphasis is paid to the social, economic, political, and cultural forces that have informed the African-American community’s existence within the geographic boundaries of the United States of America.  Particular attention will be paid to the varying patterns of location, bonded status, class, gender, and historical context.
Prerequisites: N/A
Co-requisites: N/A
Required Texts: Let Nobody Turn Us Around by Marable & Mullings

African American Odyssey by Darlene Clark Hine

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


Recommended Texts: N/A
Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:



Program Learning Outcome # Alignment Core Curriculum Outcome Alignment


1 Learn basic facts of American history; 1 Critical Thinking
2 Be Better able to think critically, recognize change over time, and demonstrate an understanding of how actions have consequences. 2 Critical Thinking
3 Relate present-day issues and experiences to those of the past, in order to provide a better basis for personal responsibilities, appreciating challenges, and possibilities of contemporary times. 3 Communications
4 Supplement knowledge of sources and methods of learning American history. 4 Personal Responsibility
5 Develop global perspective and social responsibility by recognizing and remarking upon relationships between domestic and foreign affairs. 5 Social Responsibility



Major Course Requirements
Method of Determining Final Course Grade
Course Grade Requirement Value Total
1) Mid-Term Examination                        25%                  100 Points
2) Class Participation/Attendance/Pop Quizzes                        25%                  100 Points
3) Final Essay                        25%                  100 Points
4) Final Exam                        25%                  100 Points
Total:                       100%                  400 Points
Grading Criteria and Conversion:

A = 400 – 360 Points

B = 359 – 320 Points

C = 319 – 280 Points

D = 279 – 240 Points

F = 239 Points

Detailed Description of Major Assignments:
Assignment Title or Grade Requirement  


Exams: There will be three exams given throughout the semester. Exams will consist of a mix of multiple choice, short answer, identification, matching, and essay questions, at the discretion of the instructor. The midterm and final exams will not be comprehensive and will weigh equally with other exams. Make up exams are given at the instructors discretion for documented excused absences. Please consult the student handbook for an explanation of what “excused absences.”


Final Essay:                       Professor and student will agree upon a topic addressing African-American

History that will culminate in a final essay.



Course Procedures or Additional Instructor Policies


Taskstream is a tool that Prairie View A&M University uses for assessment purposes. At least one of your assignments is REQUIRED to be submitted as an “artifact,” an item of coursework that serves as evidence that course objectives are met. More information will be provided during the semester, but for general information, you can visit Taskstream via the link in eCourses.



Academic Calendar


Fall 2017

The Prairie View A&M Academic Calendar is subject to change. Please check the Prairie View A&M University website for updates.

Aug 24 – Aug 26 Regular Registration Period for Fall 2017 16 week session

Thursday through Saturday

Aug 28 First Class Day. Instruction Begins


Aug 28 – Sep 02 Late Registration and Drop/Add Period

Monday through Saturday

Sep 02 Student Web Registration Access Closed


Sep 04 LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (University Closed)


Sep 06 General Student Assembly-All Students to Attend


Sep 13 12th Class Day (Census Date)


Sep 13 Last Day to Withdraw from Course(s) without Academic Record


Sep 13 Late Deadline to Apply for Fall 2017 Graduation


Sep 13 Late Deadline for graduating Undergraduates to submit Application for Tuition Rebate


Sep 14 – Nov 06 Withdrawal from Courses with Academic Records (“W”)Period

Thursday through Monday

Sep 25 20th Class Day


Oct 19 – Oct 21 Mid-Semester Examination Period

Thursday through Saturday

Oct 24 Mid-Semester Grades Due


Nov 01 60% of Term


Nov 14 – Jan 10 Priority Registration Period for Spring 2018 semester

Tuesday through Wednesday

Nov 17 Deadline to Apply for Spring 2018 Graduation


Nov 23 – Nov 25 Thanksgiving Holiday (University Closed)

Thursday through Saturday

Nov 27 Classes Resume


Dec 04 – Dec 05 Course Review Days (Classes must convene and instructors will prepare students for final exams)

Monday through Tuesday

Dec 05 Last Class Day for Fall 2017 Semester


Dec 05 Last Day to Withdraw from the University (from all courses) for the Fall 2017 semester


Dec 06 – Dec 12 Final Examination Period

Wednesday through Tuesday



Dec 19 Final Grades due




Semester Calendar
Week 1
Read The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Olaudah Equiano, 1789
Read Things Fall Apart (Complete the entire book)
Week 2
Read Things Fall Apart (Complete the entire book)
Week 3
Read Things Fall Apart (Complete the entire book)

Week 4

Read The Founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Richard Allen, 1816
Exam I: September 21 (Things Fall Apart — Examination)
Week 5

Read David Walker’s “Appeal,” 1829 – 1830

Read The Statement of Nat Turner, 1831


Week 6

Read Slaves Are Prohibited to Read and Write by Law

Read “What If I am a Woman?” Maria W. Stewart, 1833

Read A Slave Denied the Rights to Marry, Letter of Milo Thompson, Slave, 1834

Read The Selling of Slaves, Advertisement, 1835

Read Solomon Northrup Describes a New Orleans Slave Auction, 1841


Week 7

Read Let Your Motto Be Resistance!” Henry Highland Garnet, 1843



Week 8

Read “Slavery as It Is” William Wells Brown, 1847

Mid-Term Exam (October 19)




Week 9 – 13

Read “A’n’t I A Woman?” Sojourner Truth, 1851

Read A Black Nationalist Manifesto, Martin Delany, 1852

Read “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass, 1852

Read “No Rights That a White Man is Bound to Respect”: The Dred Scott Case and Its Aftermath

Read “Whenever the Colored Man is Elevated, It Will Be by His Own Exertions.” John S. Rock, 1858







Week 14

Read “What the Black Man Wants,” Frederick Douglass, 1865

Read Henry McNeal Turner, Black Christian Nationalist


Week 15 &

· Course Review Days

· Final Examination Period (Check your Final Examination Schedule for your specific test time)







Student Support and Success


John B. Coleman Library

The library and its partners have as their mission to provide resources and instructional material in support of the evolving curriculum, as a partner in Prairie View A&M University’s mission of teaching, research, and service and to support the University’s core values of access and quality, diversity, leadership, relevance, and social responsibility through emphasis on ten key areas of service. It maintains library collections and access both on campus, online, and through local agreements to further the educational goals of students and faculty. https://www.pvamu.edu/library/   Phone: 936-261-1500


The Learning Curve (Center for Academic Support)

The Learning Curve offers Tutoring via peer tutoring.  The services include workshops (i.e., Save My Semester, Recalculate Your Route), seminars (i.e., Tools You Can Use: TI-84), group review sessions (i.e., College Algebra Topic Reviews, GRE Preparation), group study opportunities (i.e., TSIA, HESI, Study Break, Exam Cram), and test-taking strategies (How to take Notes, Study Buddy, 5 Day Study Guide). The Learning Curve is a nationally certified tutoring program through the National Tutoring Association.  The peer tutors are trained and certified by the coordinator each semester. Location: J.B. Coleman Library Rm. 207F. Phone: 936-261-1561


The Center for the Oversight and Management of Personalized Academic Student Success (COMPASS)

The Center for the Oversight and Management of Personalized Academic Student Success (COMPASS) is designed to help Prairie View students in their second year and beyond navigate towards graduation by providing the following services: Academic Advisement, Targeted Tutorials for Personalized Learning, Campus-Wide Referrals, and Academic & Social Workshops. Location: J.B. Coleman Library Rm. 306. Phone: 936-261-1040


Writing Center

The Writing Center provides student consultants on all aspects of the writing process and a variety of writing assignments. Writing Center consultations assist students in such areas as prewriting, brainstorming, audience awareness, organization, research, and citation. Students taking on-line courses or courses at the Northwest Houston Center or College of Nursing may consult remotely or by email. Location: Hilliard Hall Rm. 121. Phone: 936-261-3724.


Student Counseling Services

The Student Counseling Services unit offers a range of services and programs to assist students in maximizing their potential for success: short-term individual, couples, and group counseling, as well as crisis intervention, outreach, consultation, and referral services. The staff is licensed by the State of Texas and provides assistance to students who are dealing with academic skills concerns, situational crises, adjustment problems, and emotional difficulties. Information shared with the staff is treated confidentially and in accordance with Texas State Law. Location: Owens-Franklin Health Center Rm. 226. Phone: 936-261-3564



The Department of Testing administers College Board CLEP examinations, the HESI A2 for pre-nursing majors, LSAT for law school applicants and MPRE for second-year law students, the Experiential Learning Portfolio option, the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment, which determines college readiness in the state, and exam proctoring, among other service such as SAT and ACT for high school students. Location: Delco Rm. 141. Phone: 936-261-4286


Office of Diagnostic Testing and Disability Services

As a federally-mandated educational support unit, the Office of Disability Services serves as the repository for confidential disability files for faculty, staff, and students.  For persons with a disability, the Office develops individualized ADA letters of request for accommodations.  Other services include: learning style inventories, awareness workshops, accessibility pathways, webinars, computer laboratory with adapted hard and software, adapted furniture, proctoring of non-standardized test administrations, ASL interpreters, ALDs, digital recorders, livescribe, Kurtzweil, and a comprehensive referral network across campus and the broader community. Location: Evans Hall Rm. 317. Phone: 936-261-3585


Veteran Affairs

Veterans Services works with student veterans, current military and military dependents to support their transition to the college environment and continued persistence to graduation.  The Office coordinates and certifies benefits for both the G.I. Bill and the Texas Hazlewood Act. Location: Evans Hall Rm. 323. Phone: 936-261-3563


Office for Student Engagement

The Office for Student Engagement delivers comprehensive programs and services designed to meet the co-curricular needs of students. The Office implements inclusive and accessible programs and services that enhance student development through exposure to and participation in diverse and relevant social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, community service, leadership development and campus governance. Location: Memorial Student Center Rm. 221. Phone: 936-261-1340


Career Services

Career Services supports students through professional development, career readiness, and placement and employment assistance. The Office provides one-on-one career coaching, interview preparation, resume and letter writing, and career exploration workshops and seminars.  Services are provided for students at the Northwest Houston Center and College of Nursing in the Medical Center twice a month or on a requested basis.  Distance Learning students are encouraged to visit the Career Services website for information regarding services provided. Location: Evans Hall Rm. 217. Phone: 936-261-3570



University Rules and Procedures


Disability Statement (Also See Student Handbook): 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Disability Services, in Evans Hall, Room 317, or call 936-261-3585/3.


Academic Misconduct (See Student Handbook): 

You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses. Make sure you are familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct.  Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.


Forms of Academic Dishonesty: 

  1. Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.


  1. Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.


  1. Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research.


  1. Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.


Nonacademic Misconduct (See Student Handbook)

The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn.  Maintenance of these rights requires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise. Campus behavior that interferes with either (1) the instructor’s ability to conduct the class, (2) the inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or (3) campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in such disruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean of Students under nonacademic procedures.


Sexual Misconduct (See Student Handbook): 

Sexual harassment of students and employers at Prairie View A&M University is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.


Title IX Statement

Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) is committed to supporting students and complying with the Texas A&M University System non-discrimination policy. It seeks to establish an environment that is free of bias, discrimination, and harassment. If you experience an incident of sex- or gender-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault or attempted sexual assault, we encourage you to report it. While you may talk to a faculty member about an incident of misconduct, the faculty member must report the basic facts of your experience to Ms. Alexia Taylor, PVAMU’s Title IX Coordinator. If you would like to speak with someone who may be able to afford you privacy or confidentiality, there are individuals who can meet with you. The Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and can assist you with understanding your options and connect you with on- and off-campus resources. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached by phone at 936-261-2123 or in Suite 013 in the A.I. Thomas Administration Building.


Class Attendance Policy (See Catalog for Full Attendance Policy)

Prairie View A&M University requires regular class attendance. Attending all classes supports full academic development of each learner whether classes are taught with the instructor physically present or via distance learning technologies such as interactive video and/or internet.

Excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, may result in a student’s course grade being reduced or in assignment of a grade of “F”. Absences are accumulated beginning with the first day of class during regular semesters and summer terms. Each faculty member will include the University’s attendance policy in each course syllabus.

Student Academic Appeals Process

Authority and responsibility for assigning grades to students rests with the faculty.  However, in those instances where students believe that miscommunication, errors, or unfairness of any kind may have adversely affected the instructor’s assessment of their academic performance, the student has a right to appeal by the procedure listed in the Undergraduate Catalog and by doing so within thirty days of receiving the grade or experiencing any other problematic academic event that prompted the complaint.




Minimum Recommended Hardware and Software:

  • Intel PC or Laptop with Windows 7; Mac with OS X; Smartphone or iPad/Tablet with Wi-Fi
  • High speed Internet access
  • 8 GB Memory
  • Hard drive with 320 GB storage space
  • 15” monitor, 800×600, color or 16 bit
  • Sound card w/speakers
  • Microphone and recording software
  • Keyboard & mouse
  • Most current version of Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox

Note: Be sure to enable Java & pop-ups in the Web browser preferences


Participants should have a basic proficiency of the following computer skills:

  • Sending and receiving email
  • A working knowledge of the Internet
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word (or a program convertible to Word)
  • Proficiency in the Acrobat PDF Reader
  • Basic knowledge of Windows or Mac O.S.


Netiquette (online etiquette):

Students are expected to participate in all discussions and virtual classroom chats as directed. Students are to be respectful and courteous to others on discussions boards. Foul or abusive language will not be tolerated.


Technical Support:

Students should go to https://mypassword.pvamu.edu/ if they have password issues. The page will provide instructions for resetting passwords and contact information if login issues persist. For other technical questions regarding eCourses, call the Office of Distance Learning at 936-261-3283


Communication Expectations and Standards:

Emails or discussion postings will receive a response from the instructor, usually in less than 48 hours. Urgent emails should be marked as such. Check regularly for responses.


Discussion Requirement:

Online courses often require minimal to no face-to-face meetings.  However, conversations about the readings, lectures, materials, and other aspects of the course can take place in a seminar fashion.  This will be accomplished by the use of the discussion board. The exact use of discussion will be determined by the instructor.


It is strongly suggested that students type their discussion postings in a word processing application and save it to their PC or a removable drive before posting to the discussion board.  This is important for two reasons:  1) If for some reason your discussion responses are lost in your online course, you will have another copy; 2) Grammatical errors can be greatly minimized by the use of the spell-and-grammar check functions in word processing applications.  Once the post(s) have been typed and corrected in the word processing application, it/they should be copied and pasted to the discussion board.


Committed to investigating, examining, and representing the African-American male, men, and manhood by offering commentary regarding the status of Black Men and Black Manhood as it relates to African-American Manhood, Race, Class, Politics, and Culture from an educated and authentic African-American perspective aimed at improving the plight of African-American men and African-American Manhood in regards to Politics, Culture, Education, and Social Matters.

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