June9 - African American History- From Emancipation to the Present

African American History: From Emancipation to the Present

Published: Spring 2010


The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. Warning: Some of the lectures in this course contain graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing.

Course Takeaways

  • Learn about the post emancipation African American experience
  • Learn what it means to be a Citizen. How one becomes a citizen and what one does to reserve that citizenship. Learn what it means to be an American
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12.5 weeks (24 hours)
Non-Credit Course

Meet the Instructors

faculty profile image Jonathan Holloway was Professor of History, African American Studies, and American Studies at Yale University and Dean of Yale College. He is the author of Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, and Ralph Bunche, 1919-1941 (2002) and Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940 (2013); the editor of Ralph Bunche’s A Brief and Tentative Analysis of Negro Leadership (2005); and the co-editor of the anthology Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the 20th Century (2007). Professor Holloway received his PhD from Yale in 1995.