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    4,000 Years of African American History



    • The dark continent?
    • Hollywood and the classroom
    • The surprising number of existing sources

    Ancient Africa

    • Cities and City-States in West African Antiquity
    • The Great Sahara Desert as a sea and its southern coast

    Western African Origins

    • What we will cover

    PART 1: The Empires of Gold

    (present-day countries of Senegal, Gambia, Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, and Guinea Bissau). 

    Tichitt and Walata (2000 BC-500 BC) 

    • What we know and what we don’t know

    The Big Dry

    Mema (500 BC – 800 AD)

    • Mande society, the first Niger Valley cities, and iron technology
    • Mande traditional religion 

    Djenne-Jeno (250 BC – 1100 AD)

    • City of Iron and blacksmiths 

    Mande Society Development During the Big Dry

    • Foundations of an Empire 
    • Mande Government Structure
    • Mande Traditional Religion
    • Mande Society: Structure and Social Classes
    • Land Nobles: Farmers with land rights
    • Craftsman Guilds: Hereditary trades of faith
    • Servant Class
    • North Africa during the Big Dry

    Ghana Empire (300 AD – 1200 AD)

    • The Mande build an empire. 
    • Gold for salt and riches
    • Islam as a balance
    • Takrur: Fulani’s first Islamic West African kingdom
    • An Arabs’ detailed description of Ghana
    • The griots and the power of the orator

    Mali Empire (1200 AD -1670 AD)

    • Collapse of Ghana
    • Susu conquest
    • Rise of Sundiata Keita (A Lion King)
    • Battle of Kirina in 1235 AD. 
    • The Manden Charter (a constitution)
    • Mali expansion and security

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    • Food and industry
    • Imports and Exports
    • Rise of an international West African economy
    • Mansa Musa
    • Written first hand accounts of Mali


    -City of Timbuktu 

    • Books, Universities, and the intellectual class (like Boston)
    • First hand accounts

    -City of Djenne

    • Manufacturing and trade center (like Detroit)

    -City of Gao 

    • The Songhai people
    • Military and Administrative center (like Wash DC)
    • First hand accounts

    Songhai Empire (1375 – 1591 AD)

    • Decline of Mali
    • Sonni Ali the Great and Terrible
    • Military and naval conquests  
    • Askia the Great
    • Infrastructure, taxes, and trade
    • The Mossi
    • Battle of Tondibi and the end of Songhai 


    • Jolof Independence

    Slavery in Western Africa

    • Slavery, or servitude, or both
    • International Arab Slave Trade

    The fall of Constantinople

    • The scramble to get to India and China 
    • Pope gives power to conquer and enslave 
    • Portugal lands in Senegal
    • Battle of Tondibi and the end of Songhai 
    • What changed when European needs shifted

    West African trade with Europeans

    • European kingdoms fight each other for access to Africa 
    • African kingdoms fight each other for access to Europe
    • Enter the Portuguese
    • Afro-Portuguese
    • White Gold – Sugar
    • Rise of the Great Fulo and Demise of the Jolof Empire 1513-1549
    • Early Transatlantic Slaves
    • Anti-slavery Revolution Abolitionist Uprising
    • Lat Sukaabe Fall and the Return of the Kings

    The Gum Wars

    • A Muslim Exodus
    • From a Prince to a Slave

    Bambara Empire (1712 AD)

    • Mande traditional religion prevails
    • Invasion of the Niger Valley
    • First hand account
    • Bambara’s on slave ships

    Sierra Leone and the Windward Coast

    • Futo Jollon to the coast
    • West Atlantic and Mande in Sierra Leone


    Asante Empire (1701 AD)

    Bono Kingdom (1000 AD)

    • Consolation of the Akan
    • End of the gold trade
    • Guns for captives
    • War with Everyone
    • An economy connected to Ghana, Mali and Songhai 
    • Akan societal structure
    • Matrilineal patriarchy
    • Akan royal structure
    • Akan religion
    • Other Akan kingdoms

    Birth of Asante (1650-1701 AD)

    • Legend of Osei Kofi Tutu I
    • Diverse Empire at war
    • Slavery in Asante and Fente

    The Kong Empire (1710 AD)

    PART 2: Ancient Nigeria and Lake Chad Kingdoms

    (present day countries of Nigeria, Benin, Chad, northern Cameroon and eastern Niger)


    -What about Egypt and Nubia (The Afro-Asiatic)

    • Legends, linguistics, and DNA; what we know and what we don’t

    Gajiganna – Zilum (1800 BC to 400 BC)

    • What we know

    Sao Civilization (500 BC-1500 AD)

    • Afro-Asiatic City-states

    Kanem-Bornu Empire (700 AD)

    • Old nomadic religion
    • New Islamic kingdom
    • Conquerors of Fezzan
    • Trade with Ghana and Egypt
    • From enslavers to enslaved
    • Invaders of Sao and influencer of Hausa 

    Hausa Kingdoms – Kano (700 AD)

    • Afro-Asiatic city-states evolve
    • Part of the Mali West african trade network 
    • Between Songhai and Bornu 
    • Specialized city state economies
    • Migrations in and out
    • Enter the Fulani
    • Southward to Yorubaland


    Nok sculpture (500 BC)

    Ancient Nok of Central Nigeria (1000 BC)

    • Civilization of iron and terracotta


    Preserved Ife pavement

    Ile-Ife (City of the Gods) (800 AD)

    • Legends and God’s
    • Yoruba urban development systems 
    • Paved streets and courtyards 
    • Surplus agriculture economy 
    • Food production 
    • Glass manufacturing
    • Trade within the West African economy 
    • Government and Royal structure 

    Benin Kingdom (1180 AD)

    • Sons of Ile-Ife 
    • Edo urban development
    • First hand account 

    Oyo Empire (1400 AD)

    • Hausa, Europe, and the economy  
    • Oyo Government structure
    • Oyo Military
    • Expansion
    • Sin against Ile-Ife
    Oyo king (Alafin) palace


    Igbo-Ukwu (850 AD)

    • Archeological ties to Ife or nok

    Nri Kingdom (948 AD)

    • Kingdom without an army 
    • Theocratic but Kingless
    • Igbo Religion
    • Government structure and the power of the orator
    • Economic, social, and gender mobility
    • Freedom to choose 
    • Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
    • Igbo’s place in the West African economy

    Dahomey (1600 AD)

    • War with Oyo and others
    • Male king, female soldiers
    • Slaves for guns

    Aro Confederacy

    • Democracy falls, fear prevails
    • Slaves for guns, guns for slaves

    Part 3: Congo-Angola Kingdoms

    (present day Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Congo, and Gabon)

    King of Kongo recieves Europeans

    Ancient Congo Basin

    • The Bantu Migration 

    The Kongo Kingdom (1400 AD)

    • Kongo goes Christian 
    • King Alfonso I
    • Angola a threat 
    • Divide and conquer 
    • Vita Kempa Joan of Arc

    Kingdoms NDongo and Matamba (1600 AD)

    • Queen Zinga
    • Portuguese need more slaves

    PART 5: The Middle Passage (1500 to 1820 AD)


    • Senegambian Coast
    • Windward Coast
    • Gold Coast
    • Bight of Benin
    • Bight of Biafra
    • Congo/ Angola


    Georgia/ South Carolina

    • Mande, Wolof, Fulani 
    • Why they hate the Igbo 
    • The Gullah

    Virginia/ Maryland

    • Why they love the Igbo

    Southern Louisiana

    • Bambara, Yoruba, and Congo

    PART 6: U.S. Domestic Slavery

    1776 Slave Economy under the US Constitution

    The making of an American slave

    • Africa and Africans surviving in America
    • Africans in the American slave economy
    • Work songs, shout songs, call and response, and the orator
    • The planter-class elites and the “American Dream”

    Slavery Expands 

    • New slave states
    • Cotton becomes king
    • Planter-class elites create a slave confederacy 
    • Texas causes of secession
    • BLACK CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS. Fighting for their own independence

    PART 7: Emancipation and the Great Migration 

    Reconstruction Era 1865 until 1877

    • Freedman’s Bureau
    • Radical Black Republicans 
    • Gospel music, and the blues. The new Groits
    • The new African Kingdoms: The Church 1865-1895
    • Sharecropping and economic options
    • Jazz: African-Americans fuse African and European classical music 1912

    Black Settlements

    • Mound Bayou, Mississippi 1887
    • Oklahoma Black towns from 1865 to 1920
    • Harlem, New York 1867-1917) and the Afro-American Realty Company
    Mound Bayou, Mississippi

    First Great Migration 

    • The Klansman as the new American Hero
    • WWI – jobs and Black soldiers 
    • Chicago
    • Atlanta 

    New Black immigrants

    • Caribbean 

    PART 8: The Second Great Migration 1941 to 1970

    Migrating North

    • After the Great Depression, 
    • WWII creates job opportunities and housing shortage 
    • Government subsidized suburban White patriarchy
    • Redlined out of wealth 

    Moving West: Los Angeles

    • Hollywood and self-identity 

    The Civil Rights Era

    • MLK the Griot and orator 
    • War on Poverty
    • Vietnam War and the other Opium crisis (Heroine)
    • White Flight. 
    • Economic integration and the death of a Black owned economy. 
    • Government subsidized urban Black matriarchy  

    PART 9: The NEW Great Migration 1970 to 2000

    Black Poverty

    • HIP HOP: the new griots
    • Crack-cocaine epidemic and war on drugs 
    • Welfare state, Incarceration, and the reduction of the Black Patriarch 
    • The “Inner-city”: get out, or get lost in it!

    Growing Black Middle-Class

    • Black Flight and suburban integration 
    • Growth of majority Black suburbs 
    • Back to the South and Sunbelt
    • Black women outpace all others in education

    After 2000

    The Great Recession

    • Near collapse of the Black middle class
    • Gentrification comes for the “Inner-city”
    • Black political power fades with population shifts. 

    Rise in Activism

    • Black Lives Matter
    • Buy Black owned 


    African America – A Powerful Nation

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