Academic Standard: Grade Level or Course

African American History

Tennessee State Standards
Social Studies (2014-2019)
Grade Level or Course — Course
Grade range: 
9 to 12
Educational Division = Secondary Education

Content Strands: Many academic standards for social studies courses are categorized into content strands as indicated by letter codes. (C=Culture, E=Economics, G=Geography, H=History, P=Politics/Government, TN=Tennessee)

Suggested reading for the course:

  • The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro, Frederick Douglass
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839, Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (1863)
  • The Lincoln - Douglas Debates
  • Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33rd United States Colored Troops, Susie King Taylor
  • The Civil Rights of Freedmen, From - Mississippi Laws of the State, 1865 - This is an example of the Black Codes
  • Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others (1903), W.E.B. DuBois
  • The Black Woman Has Worked All of Her Life (1979), Fanny Christina Hill: This is an interview conducted by Sherna Berger Gluck
  • U.S. Constitution - 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
  • The Brown vs. Board of Education Opinion
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Students will examine the life and contributions of African Americans from the early 1600's through modern America. Students will explore the influence of geography on slavery and the growth of slavery on the American continent. Students will consider urban and rural African American communities and institutions in the North and South leading up to and during the Civil War. Students will investigate the rise and effects of Jim Crow and trace the impact of African American migration through the early twentieth century. Students will explore the impact of the Harlem Renaissance and the conditions and contributions of African Americans during the Great Depression and World War II. Students will examine the successes and failures of the Civil Rights Movement and consider the contemporary issues confronting African Americans.

Elements within this Grade Level or Course
The Influence of Geography on Slavery
The Growth of Slavery in America 1619-1860
African American Life 1619-1860
African Americans During Civil War and Reconstruction
African American Life After Emancipation Thriough World War I
African American and the Harlem Renaissance
African American Life During the Great Depression and World War II
The Modern Civil Rights Movement
African American Issues in Contemporary Times