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African American History: From Emancipation through Jim Crow

Reveal the historical realities of African American life in the United States after the end of slavery and before the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, and explore how African Americans from all backgrounds fought back to secure key freedoms across public and private life.
African American History: From Emancipation through Jim Crow is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 17.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really, did Jim Crow ever end? I agree with the other positive reviews, but I think it is disingenuous to pretend that we've overcome the Jim Crow era. The only thing that needs to be changed is the title.
Date published: 2022-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good introduction to African American history This is a well constructed and well presented overview of African American history from the Emancipation Proclamation through the beginning of the civil rights era. However, it would have been better to end the course with the Brown vs.Topeka Board of Educaton decision rather than the accomplishments of Black athletes, however notable. The conclusion of the course needed a more significant event to end on the right note. The lectures should also have been numbered for easy reference. .
Date published: 2022-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from African American History:emancipation to Jim Crow Thus course should be required viewing for anyone interested in the true history of our United States. Dynamic, profound, heartbreaking and inspiring- all these words apply to Professor Hassan Jeffries interpretation and scholarship. The course is outstanding in every way.
Date published: 2022-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from African American History: Material and presentation exceptionally brilliant!
Date published: 2022-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from African American History I enjoyed this course very much. Learned things never taught in my high school and only broadly covered in college. As another commenter has stated, I hope there is a follow up course that teaches through current century's events.
Date published: 2022-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excitingly informative I am still enjoying these lessons. As I have grown older, I've grown in my appreciation of history and my desire to know more increases. I am so thankful to the educators who share their knowledge with all of us life learners!
Date published: 2022-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb content and presentation were superb. One of my favorite courses
Date published: 2022-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great introduction to Black history For me, this course serves a a great introduction to Black history and a spring board to further historical exploration into this fascinating area of American history that I know so little about.
Date published: 2022-06-04
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Overview

In African American History: From Emancipation through Jim Crow, join Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of African American history at The Ohio State University, to learn about the African American struggle for freedom and civil rights from 1865 to the 1940s. In 12 lectures, accompany Hasan on a journey from Reconstruction to Jackie Robinson’s first Major League Baseball game, examining the unique struggles faced by Black Americans who were technically free but increasingly limited in what they were able to do.

About

Hasan Kwame Jeffries

In this course, we'll revisit a history that has sometimes been forgotten, often misremembered, and in many cases, intentionally rewritten.

INSTITUTION

The Ohio State University

Hasan Kwame Jeffries is an Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University who teaches, researches, and writes about the African American experience from a historical perspective. He earned a PhD in American History with a specialization in African American History from Duke University. He is the author and narrator of the Audible Original series Great Figures of the Civil Rights Movement, and he tells the remarkable story of the original Black Panther Party in Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt. He is the editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement and the host of the podcast Teaching Hard History.

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African American History: From Emancipation through Jim Crow
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African American History: From Emancipation through Jim Crow

Trailer

Emancipation: The Fight for Rights Begins

01: Emancipation: The Fight for Rights Begins

The fight for freedom did not end for Black Americans when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In the course’s inaugural lecture, explore how African Americans participated as soldiers and strikers during the Civil War, and examine their efforts to codify key freedom rights in the late 1860s.

34 min
The Promise and Betrayal of Reconstruction

02: The Promise and Betrayal of Reconstruction

As conflicting interpretations of Reconstruction tore the project apart, far more sinister economic and social systems began to take shape—not just in the South but across the United States. Investigate the rise of sharecropping and the Ku Klux Klan, as well as the political and legal setbacks that dashed Black hopes for a more equal America after abolition.

37 min
Separate and Unequal: The Rise of Jim Crow

03: Separate and Unequal: The Rise of Jim Crow

How was the “separate but equal” doctrine legitimized and enforced in the United States? Learn how one of the most consequential legal decisions in United States history paved the way for years of state-sanctioned discrimination in the South, and explore the ways in which Black Americans fought back.

36 min
Lift Every Voice and Sing

04: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Crushed under the weight of a system designed to limit their professional and political prospects, African Americans embraced schools, music, literature, churches, and nascent social clubs. Discover how Black communities used culture and institutions to insulate themselves from the harsh realities of the early 20th century.

37 min
The Terror of White Supremacy

05: The Terror of White Supremacy

Violent racial terrorism was endemic across the American South in the early 20th century. From Fifth Avenue marches to Congressional bills, see how African Americans worked to protect their communities from extrajudicial violence, and make sense of their embrace of Black boxing champion Jack Johnson in light of these efforts.

33 min
World War I: Hell in Our Own Land

06: World War I: Hell in Our Own Land

African Americans served in World War I to advance freedom and equality abroad while contending with rampant discrimination and terror back at home. Explore how the values that justified US involvement in World War I collided with the color line, by zeroing in on the experiences of Black troops.

31 min
Marcus Garvey Builds a Black Nation

07: Marcus Garvey Builds a Black Nation

In the early 20th century, a unique kind of ideology gripped the African American community, calling for racial solidarity and emigration to Africa. Get to know Marcus Garvey, the man at the center of early 20th-century Black Nationalism and investigate why scores of African Americans across the United States so readily welcomed his ideas.

32 min
The “New Negro” Fights Back

08: The “New Negro” Fights Back

African Americans were met with hostility as they searched for higher wages and better lives in the North. At the same time, Black art and business flourished in cities and in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, in particular. Explore the Northern Black experience, from Red Summer to the Harlem Renaissance.

37 min
The Scottsboro Boys and the Great Depression

09: The Scottsboro Boys and the Great Depression

Why did the 1931 Scottsboro incident happen the way it did? What impact did the Great Depression have on the Scottsboro case and on African American economic life, in general? And how does any of this relate to public schools in the United States? Tackle these questions and more.

34 min
A New Deal for African Americans

10: A New Deal for African Americans

Understand why so many African Americans, fiercely loyal to the Republican Party for decades, cast their lot with Democratic presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932. Explore the varying success of New Deal programs for African Americans, from the revelatory WPA to the outright harmful Home Owners’ Loan Act.

34 min
World War II: Fighting at Home and Abroad

11: World War II: Fighting at Home and Abroad

World War II was more than an overseas military conflict for African Americans. It was simultaneously a battle for defense industry jobs and a desegregated military at home. Become acquainted with A. Philip Randolph, a prominent Black activist, and examine how a major concession from Roosevelt opened doors for African Americans like the Tuskegee airmen.

35 min
Black Athletes Break Barriers

12: Black Athletes Break Barriers

Black boxers, baseball players, and track stars excelled at the highest levels of American athletics in the mid-20th century, but breaking the color barrier was not easy. Uncover what it meant to be a Black athlete in Jim Crow America, through the life and professional career of Jackie Robinson.

38 min